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Poets and Heroes in Petrarch’s Africa: Classical and Medieval Sources

Francesca Galligan

in Petrarch in Britain: Interpreters, Imitators, and Translators over 700 years

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197264133
eISBN:
9780191734649
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197264133.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

This chapter examines the classical and medieval sources of Petrarch in writing his epic poem Africa. It brings to the fore the role of Dante's epic in Petrarch's poem and suggests that the ... More


Classical Translations of the Classics: The Dynamics of Literary Tradition in Retranslating Epic Poetry

Richard H. Armstrong

in Translation and the Classic: Identity as Change in the History of Culture

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199288076
eISBN:
9780191713439
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199288076.003.0009
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter discusses the retranslation of Greek epic poetry and argues for its importance in understanding how literary traditions shape the translation scenario. First, it treats the epic ... More


The Dactylic Hexameter and its Detractors 1

Llewelyn Morgan

in Musa Pedestris: Metre and Meaning in Roman Verse

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199554188
eISBN:
9780191594991
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199554188.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter focuses on the benchmark metre in ancient poetry, the heroic hexameter. Three poetic forms embodying a contradiction of the epic ethos embodied by the hexameter are considered: ... More


Some Background

Michèle Lowrie

in Writing, Performance, and Authority in Augustan Rome

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199545674
eISBN:
9780191719950
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199545674.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Analysis of mediality in Callimachus, Ennius, Lucretius, and Catullus maps the traditions inherited by the Augustan poets. While Callimachus embraces song and its association with divine inspiration ... More


Otiose Otium: The Status of Intellectual Activity in Late Republican Prefaces

Yelena Baraz

in A Written Republic: Cicero's Philosophical Politics

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691153322
eISBN:
9781400842162
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691153322.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter examines Cicero’s struggles with Roman anxieties about philosophy and situates them within a broader contemporary discourse that tries to expand the field of acceptable activity to ... More


Shaggy Crowns: Ennius' Annales and Virgil's Aeneid

Nora Goldschmidt

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199681297
eISBN:
9780191761485
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199681297.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Quintus Ennius was once the monumental epic poet of Republican Rome and considered ‘the father of Roman poetry’. But around 150 years after his epic, Annales, first appeared, it was decisively ... More


The Virgilian Paradox: An Epic of Drama and Pathos

Gian Biagio Conte and S. J. Harrison

in The Poetry of Pathos: Studies in Virgilian Epic

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199287017
eISBN:
9780191713262
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199287017.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter discusses the Virgilian paradox, an epic of drama and pathos that goes back to the origins of modern debate on Virgil in the Romantic period, where the supposed natural primitivism and ... More


Augustan Homer

Robin Sowerby

in The Augustan Art of Poetry: Augustan Translation of the Classics

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199286126
eISBN:
9780191713873
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199286126.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter first sets the critical and aesthetic context for Pope's engagement with Homer and then moves on to his earliest Homeric translation ‘The Episode of Sarpedon’ before confronting his ... More


Postscript

Nora Goldschmidt

in Shaggy Crowns: Ennius' Annales and Virgil's Aeneid

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199681297
eISBN:
9780191761485
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199681297.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The postscript concludes by looking briefly at Ennius’ post-textual afterlife. It recaps the overall argument of the book and revisits the issue of fragmentary texts and the possible distortions of ... More


Ennius Noster: Lucretius and the Annales

Jason S. Nethercut

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
December 2020
ISBN:
9780197517697
eISBN:
9780197517727
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197517697.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This study argues that Lucretius engages in a comprehensive revision of the entire Ennian value system, literary as well as philosophical, in terms of form as well as content. Lucretius selected ... More


Ancient Rome: The Republic and the Augustan Age

Derek Attridge

in The Experience of Poetry: From Homer's Listeners to Shakespeare's Readers

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
March 2019
ISBN:
9780198833154
eISBN:
9780191873898
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198833154.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter begins with earliest form of Latin verse, the Saturnian, dating from the early centuries after Rome’s founding; little is known about it, however. A native tradition of written verse was ... More


Vitruvius, man?

John Oksanish

in Vitruvian Man: Rome under Construction

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
December 2019
ISBN:
9780190696986
eISBN:
9780190697013
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190696986.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE, History of Art: pre-history, BCE to 500CE, ancient and classical, Byzantine

Chapter 1 surveys what little we can say with reasonable certainty about Vitruvius’s life and the circumstances surrounding De architectura’s publication. Our knowledge of the historical Vitruvius is ... More


Styles and Settings

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/9780199670703.003.0009
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Specific adaptation takes place within a stylistic framework provided by author or period. The ‘pointed style’ illustrates a stylistic framework taken by Latin from Greek, but commonly a Greek author ... More


Fauns, Prophets, and Ennius' Annales

T.P. Wiseman

in Unwritten Rome

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780859898225
eISBN:
9781781385500
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780859898225.003.0003
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

Ennius referred in his Annales to Naevius’ earlier poem on the Punic War as written ‘in the verses which of old the Fauns and prophets chanted’. This chapter explores what Fauns and prophets were, as ... More


Introduction

Nora Goldschmidt

in Shaggy Crowns: Ennius' Annales and Virgil's Aeneid

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199681297
eISBN:
9780191761485
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199681297.003.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The introduction sets out the lie of the land: after a brief history of scholarship on the text of Ennius’ Annales, it addresses the problems and limitations that remain in dealing with fragments. ... More


Reading Ennius in the First Century bc

Nora Goldschmidt

in Shaggy Crowns: Ennius' Annales and Virgil's Aeneid

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199681297
eISBN:
9780191761485
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199681297.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter lays the foundation of the discussion by analysing the evidence for the position of Ennius’ Annales in Roman reading culture before and shortly after the appearance of the Aeneid. ... More


‘Archaic’ Poets

Nora Goldschmidt

in Shaggy Crowns: Ennius' Annales and Virgil's Aeneid

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199681297
eISBN:
9780191761485
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199681297.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter deals with issues of antiquity and modernity. Stephen Hinds influentially argued that Roman epic, above all in the hands of Virgil and Ennius, engages in a series of ‘Hellenizing ... More


Propertius, Greek Myth, and Virgil: Rivalry, Allegory, and Polemic

Peter J. Heslin

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780199541577
eISBN:
9780191747113
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199541577.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This book develops a new interpretation of Propertius’ use of Greek myth and of his relationship to Virgil, working out the implications of a revised relative dating of the two poets’ early works. It ... More


Makers, Singers, Speakers, Writers

T. P. Wiseman

in The Roman Audience: Classical Literature as Social History

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780198718352
eISBN:
9780191787645
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198718352.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Epic poetry too was performed to an audience, under the Muse’s inspiration; the Romans used the same word, uates, for a poet as for an inspired prophet. Ennius composed his Annales to be ‘famous ... More


Introduction

Jason Moralee

in Rome's Holy Mountain: The Capitoline Hill in Late Antiquity

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780190492274
eISBN:
9780190492298
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190492274.003.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, World History: BCE to 500CE

The introduction establishes premodern ways of knowing the Capitoline Hill, from the poetry of Ennius and Vergil and the antiquarian writings of Varro, Servius, and Justus Rycquius to the ... More


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