The Signature of the Muses: Epigram as Everyday Miracle?

In a recent article on artists' signatures in antiquity, Osborne has argued that such signatures reveal the socially embedded nature…

"The inscription is a machine designed to produce kleos."

In this formulation, heavily indebted to Derrida, Svenbro sees the "language" of early epigram. While I am nearly entirely sympathetic…

There once was a man from Nantucket …

I think we all know where this is going, but, does anyone know who wrote it? Is there even a…