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Byzantine erotic epigrams, with Steven Smith

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.


Click here to read Anthony Kaldellis’ translations of some of these epigrams.

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.

You can listen to more episodes of Byzantium & Friends through Podbean.

Top Image: The Greek Anthology, created by Constantine Cephalas – a collection of poems, mostly epigrams, that survives in later medieval manuscripts.


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