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The Gildersleeve Prize Winner for 2004
William M. Breichner
The Johns Hopkins University Press
THE GILDERSLEEVE PRIZE
FOR THE BEST ARTICLE PUBLISHED IN
THE AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHILOLOGY
IN 2004 HAS BEEN PRESENTED TO
UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI
for her contribution to scholarship in "Seeing Thought: Timomachus' Medea and Ecphrastic Epigram," AJP 125, no. 3:339–86.
This essay in the first instance addresses a traditional problem in aesthetics and literary theory: how to define the relation between the sister arts of poetry and painting. Gutzwiller offers the portrait of Medea by Timomachus of Byzantium as a case study in how difficult it can be to make a sharp separation between text and image or between reading and viewing in art works of high Hellenistic culture. Her clear, subtle, and superbly well-documented discussion first labors to recover this lost painting of uncertain date (for which Julius Caesar paid a shockingly high price); then, placing it against a background of other readings of Medea (where she includes a valuable discussion of the Stoics), she shows how Timomachus' image incorporated texts on Medea (notably her notorious monologue in Euripides) and was itself incorporated in ecphrastic epigrams that reinterpreted this conglomerate image-text for Augustan and early imperial sensibilities. Gutzwiller's wide-ranging scholarship and illuminating close readings result in a rich dossier for any classicist interested in the complexities of Greco-Roman cultural exchange.
Judges for the Johns Hopkins University Press
Andrew Ford, Chair Julia Haig Gaisser Eleanor W. Leach
The Seventeenth Annual Gildersleeve Prize of $1,000 will be awarded for the best article to appear in the Journal in 2005. Instructions about nominations will be printed in the Winter 2005 (126.4) issue of the Journal.