Intratextuality and Latin Literature

Author: Stephen Harrison
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
ISBN: 9783110611021
Release Date: 2018-10-08
Genre: Literary Criticism

Recent years have witnessed an increased interest in classical studies in the ways meaning is generated through the medium of intertextuality, namely how different texts of the same or different authors communicate and interact with each other. Attention (although on a lesser scale) has also been paid to the manner in which meaning is produced through interaction between various parts of the same text or body of texts within the overall production of a single author, namely intratextuality. Taking off from the seminal volume on Intratextuality: Greek and Roman Textual Relations, edited by A. Sharrock / H. Morales (Oxford 2000), which largely sets the theoretical framework for such internal associations within classical texts, this collective volume brings together twenty-seven contributions, written by an international team of experts, exploring the evolution of intratextuality from Late Republic to Late Antiquity across a wide range of authors, genres and historical periods. Of particular interest are also the combined instances of intra- and intertextual poetics as well as the way in which intratextuality in Latin literature draws on reading practices and critical methods already theorized and operative in Greek antiquity.

Vergil s Political Commentary

Author: Leendert Weeda
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
ISBN: 9783110426427
Release Date: 2015-06-16
Genre: Literary Criticism

Vergil’s commentary on political issues is discussed after analyzing the whole of the poet’s work. His political engagement – noticeable in much of his work, is clear. The new notion of the functional model, which the poet often used when making a political statement is introduced. New interpretations of a number of the Eclogues and passages of the Georgics and the Aeneid are given.

Complex Inferiorities

Author: Sebastian Matzner
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780198814061
Release Date: 2019-01-08
Genre: Literary Criticism

This volume investigates an important and surprisingly widespread phenomenon in Latin literature, which has to date received little sustained discussion: the deliberate assumption of a weaker voice by speakers who in fact hold sufficient status not to be forced into this position. Though often associated with the markers of imperial hegemony and elite speech, Latin literature evinces a remarkably broad range of strategies designed to enable the adoption of a markedly disempowered voice. The series of case studies collected together in Complex Inferiorities cover a wide range of genres, periods, and authors: from topoi such as recusatio (professing a lack of ability to write in status-conforming, superior genres) and rhetorical devices such as prosopopoeia (artfully and strategically adopting a persona to garner favour, even when this means temporarily forfeiting one's higher status and discursive privileges), to the long-silenced female heroines of Ovid's Heroides and satire's irreverent take on the great and the good by framing its narratives as being articulated 'from below'. Even large-scale cultural self-positionings fall within this scope, be they expressions of Roman cultural inferiority vis-a-vis classical Greece or the tensions that arise between humble (yet spiritually superior) Christian writers and their grand, canonical, and classical (yet pagan) predecessors. In demonstrating that re-negotiating alleged weakness constitutes a central activity in Latin literature, this volume reveals the extent of the literary and cultural-political possibilities opened up by assuming and speaking in voices of weakness and inferiority. Authored by experts in their fields, the individual chapters explore the crucial role of the 'weaker voice' in establishing, perpetuating, and challenging hierarchies and values in a wide range of contexts - from poetics and choices of genre, to social status and intra- and intercultural relations - and offer invaluable insights not only for the study of classics, but for literary and cultural studies across the humanities.

Augustan Culture

Author: Karl Galinsky
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 0691058903
Release Date: 1998-01
Genre: History

Grand political accomplishment and artistic productivity were the hallmarks of Augustus Caesar's reign (31 B.C. to A.D. 14), which has served as a powerful model of achievement for societies throughout Western history. Although much research has been done on individual facets of Augustan culture, Karl Galinsky's book is the first in decades to present a unified overview, one that brings together political and social history, art, literature, architecture, and religion. Weaving analysis and narrative throughout a richly illustrated text, Galinsky provides not only an enjoyable account of the major ideas of the age, but also an interpretation of the creative tensions and contradictions that made for its vitality and influence. Galinsky draws on source material ranging from coins and inscriptions to the major works of poetry and art, and challenges the schematic concepts and dichotomies that have commonly been applied to Augustan culture. He demonstrates that this culture was neither monolithic nor the mere result of one man's will. Instead it was a nuanced process of evolution and experimentation. Augustan culture had many contributors, as Galinsky demonstrates, and their dynamic interactions resulted in a high point of creativity and complexity that explains the transcendence of the Augustan age. Far from being static, its sophisticated literary and artistic monuments call for the active response and involvement of the reader and viewer even today.

Horace and the Gift Economy of Patronage

Author: Phebe Lowell Bowditch
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520226036
Release Date: 2001-03-02
Genre: History

"In this very substantial contribution to Horatian scholarship, Bowditch focuses on the Roman patronage system, of which Horace was a notable beneficiary. Passing over the early years of the 30s BCE, when Maecenas first befriended Horace and introduced him into his privileged circle of political and literary associates in Rome, Bowditch concentrates on the decisive step in the relationship of the two when Maecenas gave Horace the Sabine Farm in the hill region beyond Tibur (modern Tivoli). Bowditch helps us view the complex significance of this 'gift' through a dazzling array of theoretical material from modern anthropological research into Greek, Roman, and North American Indian prehistory, drawn also from the disputed views on Roman patronage and from postmodern theories about the roles of writer and audiences in literature. . . . Bowditch's versatile interpretations of these Epistles, the most ingenious contribution of this valuable study, will offer a challenge for some time to future readers and scholars."— William S. Anderson, author/editor of Why Horace? : A Collection of Interpretations

The Odes of Horace

Author: Horace
Publisher: London : J. Murray
ISBN: UOM:39015053263029
Release Date: 1894
Genre: Laudatory poetry, Latin

The Poetry of Friendship

Author: Ross Stuart Kilpatrick
Publisher: University of Alberta
ISBN: 0888641060
Release Date: 1986
Genre: Literary Criticism

In Ross Kilpatrick's study of the First Book of Horace's Epistles, the controlling ethical theme that emerges is friendship. According to Kilpatrick, Horace systematically explores and applies, with affection, tact, sincerity, and a kindly sense of humour, the duties of amicitia.

Food in the Ancient World

Author: John Wilkins
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781405154703
Release Date: 2009-02-09
Genre: History

In Food in the Ancient World, a respected classicist and a practising world-class chef explore a millennium of eating and drinking. Explores a millennium of food consumption, from c.750 BC to 200 AD. Shows the pivotal role food had in a world where it was linked with morality and the social order. Concerns people from all walks of life – impoverished citizens subsisting on cereals to the meat-eating elites. Describes religious sacrifices, ancient dinner parties and drinking bouts, as well as exotic foods and recipes. Considers the role of food in ancient literature from Homer to Juvenal and Petronius.


Author: Matthew Leigh
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0198150679
Release Date: 1997
Genre: Literary Criticism

The Pharsalia, Lucan's epic on the civil war between Caesar and Pompey, is a document of fundamental importance for students of the history and literature of Rome in the early imperial period. Whether one is a historian of the Republican opposition to Nero, or a literary critic teasing out the ideological implications of intertextuality, it is impossible to ignore this poem. Taking as his guiding theme the unusual prominence of spectacle and spectators in the Pharsalia - the tendencyof either the narrator to represent complicity with or apathy towards the action of various charactyers as that of one who watches and does not engage, or of individual characters to celebrate the actions which they undertake by turning them into theatrical displays for others to watch - Dr Leigh demonstrates the importance of this phenomenon for narrative, and intertextual concerns as well as for history and socio-political matters. He shows how Lucan can take devices characteristic of Virgilian narrative and transform them to launch an attack on the Augustan ideology of the Aeneid and produce a savagely Republican anti-Aeneid which represents the civil wars as the death of Rome. By studying the tension between the narrator's impassioned interventions and his characters' often manic zeal to transform civil war into performance, this work discovers a Lucan who is as funny as he is serious, as reflective as he is committed.

Ovid s Amores

Author: Ovid
ISBN: UCSC:32106001545893
Release Date: 1973
Genre: Poetry

Ovid s Lovers

Author: Victoria Rimell
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521862196
Release Date: 2006-06-15
Genre: History

Compelling investigation of the question of the male/female relationship, which is central to Ovid's works.


Author: Ovid
Publisher: Big Nest via PublishDrive
ISBN: 9781787240186
Release Date: 2016-12-11
Genre: Philosophy

The Metamorphoses consists of fifteen books and over 250 myths. The poem chronicles the history of the world from its creation to the deification of Julius Caesar within a loose mythico-historical framework.

A Companion to Food in the Ancient World

Author: John Wilkins
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781118878194
Release Date: 2015-06-29
Genre: Literary Criticism

A Companion to Food in the Ancient World presents a comprehensive overview of the cultural aspects relating to the production, preparation, and consumption of food and drink in antiquity. • Provides an up-to-date overview of the study of food in the ancient world • Addresses all aspects of food production, distribution, preparation, and consumption during antiquity • Features original scholarship from some of the most influential North American and European specialists in Classical history, ancient history, and archaeology • Covers a wide geographical range from Britain to ancient Asia, including Egypt and Mesopotamia, Asia Minor, regions surrounding the Black Sea, and China • Considers the relationships of food in relation to ancient diet, nutrition, philosophy, gender, class, religion, and more