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The Poetics of Latin Didactic: Lucretius, Vergil, Ovid, Manilius

Katharina Volk

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199245505
eISBN:
9780191714986
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199245505.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This book examines the genre of ancient didactic poetry, focusing in particular on the Latin authors Lucretius, Vergil, Ovid, and Manilius. Greek and Latin literature abounds in didactic poetry — ... More


Conclusion

KATHARINA VOLK

in The Poetics of Latin Didactic: Lucretius, Vergil, Ovid, Manilius

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199245505
eISBN:
9780191714986
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199245505.003.0008
Subject:
Classical Studies, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The conclusion summarizes the results of the discussion in the preceding chapters.


Forgotten Stars: Rediscovering Manilius' Astronomica

Steven J. Green and Katharina Volk (eds)

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199586462
eISBN:
9780191724961
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199586462.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The Astronomica of Manilius is a poem in five books, at least partly written under Augustus, which purports to teach the reader the art of astrology and the means by which an accurate horoscope may ... More


‘Mime’ and ‘Pantomime’: Some Problematic Texts

T. P. Wiseman

in New Directions in Ancient Pantomime

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199232536
eISBN:
9780191716003
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199232536.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter explores the question of how far it is possible to establish the nature of the pantomime performance and the difference between ‘pantomime’ and ‘mime’. It engages with these questions ... More


Seven Passages of the Annals (and One of Manilius)

Edward Courtney

in Ancient Historiography and its Contexts: Studies in Honour of A. J. Woodman

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199558681
eISBN:
9780191720888
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199558681.003.0016
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter offers corrections of Tacitus, Annals 11.14, 11.23, 12.5, 12.65, 14.61, 15.63, 15.65, and, incidentally, of Manilius 2.898; places in which the transmitted text appears to be corrupt.


Structuring Instruction: Didactic Poetry and Didactic Prose *

G. O. Hutchinson

in Talking Books: Readings in Hellenistic and Roman Books of Poetry

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199279418
eISBN:
9780191707322
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199279418.003.0010
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Latin didactic poems commonly have several books, unlike Hellenistic didactic poems. The details of beginning and ending show a significant relation with the books of Hellenistic and Republican prose ... More


Manilius and his Intellectual Background

Katharina Volk

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780199265220
eISBN:
9780191708800
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199265220.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This book describes the Latin astrological poet Marcus Manilius. Manilius, about whose life nothing is known, composed his didactic poem Astronomica in the second decade of the 1st century AD. The ... More


The Mystery of Manilius

Katharina Volk

in Manilius and his Intellectual Background

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780199265220
eISBN:
9780191708800
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199265220.003.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The chapter discusses the extremely limited information we possess about the author Manilius and gives a brief history of the reception of his poem, from Gerbert d'Aurillac to Poggio Bracciolini to ... More


Portrait of the Universe

Katharina Volk

in Manilius and his Intellectual Background

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780199265220
eISBN:
9780191708800
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199265220.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The chapter discusses the first Book of Manilius' Astronomica, his description of the universe, before the background of ancient cosmology. After examining general notions about the cosmos that were ... More


The Rules of Fate

Katharina Volk

in Manilius and his Intellectual Background

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780199265220
eISBN:
9780191708800
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199265220.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The chapter dicusses the system of astrology that Manilius describes in Books 2-5 of his Astronomica. It begins with an exposition of the tenets of ancient astrology, pointing out that Manilius' ... More


Horoscopes and Emperors

Katharina Volk

in Manilius and his Intellectual Background

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780199265220
eISBN:
9780191708800
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199265220.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The chapter examines the historical and political background of Manilius and offers a solution to the vexed question of the poet's date. It opens with a survey of the processes through which ... More


Teaching and Poetry

Katharina Volk

in Manilius and his Intellectual Background

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780199265220
eISBN:
9780191708800
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199265220.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The chapter examines the Astronomica as a work of poetry. It first concerns itself with the poem's genre, tackling the question of whether a ‘didactic’ poem is actually supposed to teach anything. ... More


Making Sense of the World

Katharina Volk

in Manilius and his Intellectual Background

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780199265220
eISBN:
9780191708800
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199265220.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The chapter examines the Astronomica's world-view and considers possible philosophical influences on Manilius. Manilius believes in the divinity of the universe, maintains that there is universal ... More


The Universe and Us

Katharina Volk

in Manilius and his Intellectual Background

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780199265220
eISBN:
9780191708800
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199265220.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The chapter serves as a conclusion to the book, summarizing the insights of the preceding chapters. It points to the tension in the Astronomica between a ‘cosmic perspective’ (human beings and events ... More


The Song of the Stars: Manilius’ Astronomica

KATHARINA VOLK

in The Poetics of Latin Didactic: Lucretius, Vergil, Ovid, Manilius

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199245505
eISBN:
9780191714986
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199245505.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter examines Manilius' Astronomica, a poem in five books on astrology, considering the work specifically as a didactic poem. Like all didactic personae, the speaker of the Astronomica ... More


Sums in verse or a mathematical aesthetic?

Duncan F. Kennedy

in Forgotten Stars: Rediscovering Manilius' Astronomica

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199586462
eISBN:
9780191724961
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199586462.003.0010
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter sets out to offer a more sympathetic characterization of the role of mathematics in the Astronomica than A. E. Housman’s famous but dismissive quip about Manilius’ ‘eminent aptitude for ... More


Census and commercium: Two economic metaphors in Manilius

Patrick Glauthier

in Forgotten Stars: Rediscovering Manilius' Astronomica

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199586462
eISBN:
9780191724961
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199586462.003.0011
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter examines two metaphors through which Manilius describes both the universe and the astrological poet as fundamentally economic. The imagery of cosmic wealth (census) presents the heavens ... More


Digressions, intertextuality, and ideology in didactic poetry: The case of Manilius

Monica R. Gale

in Forgotten Stars: Rediscovering Manilius' Astronomica

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199586462
eISBN:
9780191724961
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199586462.003.0012
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

A characteristic feature of the didactic genre is the inclusion of ‘set-piece’ digressions, more or less clearly marked off from the surrounding expository material. This chapter argues that such ... More


Cosmos and imperium: Politicized digressions in Manilius’ Astronomica

Josèphe-Henriette Abry

in Forgotten Stars: Rediscovering Manilius' Astronomica

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199586462
eISBN:
9780191724961
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199586462.003.0013
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter focuses on three digressions in Manilius, which deal with: the heroes celebrated along the Milky Way (1.761-804); temporal calculations for measuring the length of the day (3.443-82); ... More


A song from the universal chorus: The Perseus and Andromeda epyllion

James Uden

in Forgotten Stars: Rediscovering Manilius' Astronomica

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199586462
eISBN:
9780191724961
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199586462.003.0014
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The Perseus and Andromeda episode in Manilius’ Astronomica (5.538-613) is an anomalous epyllion, downplaying the amatory themes prominent in the epyllion form and in other retellings of the myth. ... More


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