A conversation with Steven Smith about worldly and sinful epigrams from the sixth century that talk about love, sex, food, and other pleasures.
Steven D. Smith is a Professor of Comparative Literature, Languages, and Linguistics at Hofstra University. His book Greek Epigram and Byzantine Culture: Gender, Desire, and Denial in the Age of Justinian was published by Cambridge University Press in 2019. To learn more about Steven’s research, please visit his university webpage.
Byzantium & Friends is hosted by Anthony Kaldellis, Professor and Chair of the Department of Classics at The Ohio State University. You can follow him on his personal website.
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Top Image: The Greek Anthology, created by Constantine Cephalas – a collection of poems, mostly epigrams, that survives in later medieval manuscripts.