An explanation of the Papyrus and the Conference

The Milan Papyrus offers the most significant discovery of new Greek literature in several decades. It consists of 606 verses distributed among about 112 epigrams, apparently all composed by Posidippus of Pella, an epigrammatist of the third century B.C. It constitutes our earliest surviving example of a poetry book and illustrates how Greek epigrams were transmitted in literary contexts. The Cincinnati conference will bring together leading experts in the fields of papyrology, Hellenistic and Roman literature, art and image studies, and Ptolemaic history to analyze and discuss this important artifact. The conference, open to the entire scholarly community, is designed to combine the presentations of individual scholars with ample discussion and learning.