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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


Epilogue

Emma Gee

in Aratus and the Astronomical Tradition

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199781683
eISBN:
9780199345151
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199781683.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

This epilogue sets the Aratean tradition as we have studied it side-by-side with Copernicus’ De revolutionibus orbium caelestium, showing how Copernicus, as a Renaissance reader of Aratus and the ... 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


More sentiment than science: Roman stargazing before and after Manilius

Elaine Fantham

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/9780199586462.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

While Italian farmers looked to the stars as seasonal markers and signifiers of weather-change, educated Romans knew directly or indirectly the Platonic Myth of Er and the celestial map of Aratus. ... More


Cicero, Greek Learning, and the Making of a Roman Classic

Caroline Bishop

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
December 2018
ISBN:
9780198829423
eISBN:
9780191867941
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198829423.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Prose and Writers: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The Roman statesman, orator, and author Marcus Tullius Cicero is the embodiment of a classic. His works have been read continuously from antiquity to the present, his style is considered the model ... More


Introduction: Parameters

Emma Gee

in Aratus and the Astronomical Tradition

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199781683
eISBN:
9780199345151
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199781683.003.0000
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

The introduction aims to treat the main issues around Aratus’ text, whilst at the same time exploding the reader’s assumptions about them as a preparation for re-engagement with the text. Treating ... More


Akmē Politeiōn: Roman and Achaean Virtues

Craige B. Champion

in Cultural Politics in Polybius's Histories

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520237643
eISBN:
9780520929890
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520237643.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Archaeology: Classical

This chapter explores the Romans in books 1–5. The narrative pattern of Achaean history in books 2, 4, and 5 parallels that of Rome in books 1–3. It is also argued that in the Roman sections of books ... More


Aratus

Caroline Bishop

in Cicero, Greek Learning, and the Making of a Roman Classic

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
December 2018
ISBN:
9780198829423
eISBN:
9780191867941
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198829423.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Prose and Writers: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter considers the importance of Cicero’s Aratea, a translation of Aratus’ Phaenomena, to his classical ambitions. It argues that while Cicero likely translated the poem as part of his ... More


Preliminaries

Elly Dekker

in Illustrating the Phaenomena: Celestial cartography in Antiquity and the Middle Ages

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199609697
eISBN:
9780191745645
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199609697.003.0001
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

Celestial cartography developed according to two distinct traditions characterized by the way the stars are being mapped. One tradition uses descriptions of locations of stars within constellations, ... More


‘The Love of Noble Deeds’: Plutarch’s Portrait of Aratus of Sicyon

Philip Stadter

in Fame and Infamy: Essays on Characterization in Greek and Roman Biography and Historiography

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2015
ISBN:
9780199662326
eISBN:
9780191799174
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199662326.003.0011
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

Plutarch’s Life of Aratus, written for Polycrates of Sicyon and his sons, descendants of Aratus, raises the question whether contemporary Greeks will hide behind their glorious past, ‘donning the ... More


Poetic Justice

Emma Gee

in Aratus and the Astronomical Tradition

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199781683
eISBN:
9780199345151
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199781683.003.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

This chapter starts with the most accessible part of Aratus’ poem, the story of Dike (Justice). Hesiod’s Works and Days has long been recognised as a key text behind this part of the Phaenomena, but ... More


Roman Justice

Emma Gee

in Aratus and the Astronomical Tradition

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199781683
eISBN:
9780199345151
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199781683.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

This chapter takes three Roman authors – Virgil, Germanicus and Lucretius - and shows how they engage with Aratus. Civil war is uppermost in the Roman tradition of the interpretation of Aratus’ Dike ... More


Wandering Stars

Emma Gee

in Aratus and the Astronomical Tradition

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199781683
eISBN:
9780199345151
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199781683.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

This chapter and the following one place Aratus in the Roman tradition specifically through systematic study of the influence of Cicero’s Aratea, his Aratus translation, on the De rerum natura of ... More


Lucretius’ Aratea

Emma Gee

in Aratus and the Astronomical Tradition

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199781683
eISBN:
9780199345151
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199781683.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

In Ch.4, I expand my study of Ciceronian-Aratean influence on Lucretius outwards from the astronomical section of DRN 5, studied in Ch.3, to many other, non-astronomical, passages of the DRN. We will ... More


Planetary Motion

Emma Gee

in Aratus and the Astronomical Tradition

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199781683
eISBN:
9780199345151
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199781683.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

This chapter picks up the Roman historical thread of Ch.2. So far, we will have been led to see Aratus as an icon of order. In this chapter, three elements of disorder in Aratus come to the fore. ... More


Late Antique Aratus

Emma Gee

in Aratus and the Astronomical Tradition

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199781683
eISBN:
9780199345151
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199781683.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

If Ch. 5 showed how Roman epicists and dramatists of the first century AD ‘Lucretianised’ Aratus, Ch. 6 shows how Aratus’ last antique translator, the fourth century Avienus, ‘Platonises’ Aratus, ... More


Trunk and Branches

G. O. Hutchinson

in Greek to Latin: Frameworks and Contexts for Intertextuality

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199670703
eISBN:
9780191757020
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199670703.003.0010
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Greek passages are set against a string of Latin adaptations; it is apparent how much greater is the gap between the Greek passage and the Latin versions than between Latin versions, even from ... More


Polybius, Aratus, and the History of the 140th Olympiad

Andrew Meadows

in Polybius and his World: Essays in Memory of F.W. Walbank

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199608409
eISBN:
9780191745102
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199608409.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter reassesses Polybius' claim that he was a continuator of the memoirs of Aratus of Sicyon, which ended at the end of the 139th Olympiad in August 220 BC. Examination of Polybius' narrative ... More


Cicero and poetry: The place of prejudice in literary history

Nicholas Horsfall

in Fifty Years at the Sibyl's Heels: Selected Papers on Virgil and Rome

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780198863861
eISBN:
9780191896187
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198863861.003.0028
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Cicero’s disdainful outlook on contemporary poetry may give some understanding of the prejudices implied and their possible origins. As an elderly consular, he objects to the noui that belong to ... More


Cicero

Caroline Bishop

in Cicero, Greek Learning, and the Making of a Roman Classic

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
December 2018
ISBN:
9780198829423
eISBN:
9780191867941
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198829423.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Prose and Writers: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter investigates Cicero’s desire to enshrine himself as a classic from a different perspective than the rest of the book. It analyses Cicero’s appropriation not of a classical Greek figure ... More


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