Online lecture: Alessandra Palla, Manuscript Tradition and Cultural Perspectives: Investigating the Epigrams AP 2, vv. 372-376 and AP 9, 583 (2021-04-27)

The third lecture in the online lecture series Speaking From the Margins. DBBE Online Lectures, Spring 2021 Series will be given by Alessandra Palla (University of Hamburg).

Alessandra Palla graduated from the University of Pisa (Bachelor in “Lettere Classiche” and Master in “Scienze dell’Antichità e Archeologia”) and then received her joint PhD degree in “Scienze dell’Antichità e Archeologia” from the University of Pisa and at the University of Hamburg. She has obtained various international research grants and she is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Hamburg, where she is conducting a project that involves editing, translating, and providing a commentary on Dionysius of Halicarnassus’ Epistula ad Ammaeum II. At the same time, she is working on the upcoming publication of her PhD thesis regarding the manuscript tradition of Dionysius’ Epistula and on other researches, mainly in the fields of Greek rhetoric, classical philology and Greek literature.



The aim of my research is to provide a literary and critical analysis of the epigrams AP 2, 372-376 and AP 9, 583.

The first stage of my paper focuses on an overview regarding the manuscripts in which these epigrams are transmitted, namely the manuscripts that contain Thucydides’ Historiae, the so-called Dio­ny­sius of Halicarnassus’ Opuscula Rhetorica, and (in some cases) Marcellinus’ Vita Thucydidis, along with an anonymous Vita about the historian, and the manuscripts of Anthologia Graeca.

In the second stage, I analyze and reconstruct the epigrams’ transmission, combining textual evidences with other aspects, such as the epigrams’ position within the manuscripts, the cultural context in which they are transmitted and their reception in antiquity.

This research will provide a basis from which to develop a thorough and detailed study not only of the manuscript tradition of the epigrams AP 2, 372-376 and AP 9, 583 but also of their intellectual, cultural and historical function.

Practical information

Date & time: Tuesday 27 April 2021, 4:00pm (UTC+2, CET)

No registration required. The lecture is freely accessible via Zoom:

  • Meeting ID: 991 9862 9943
  • Passcode: L75La5fW