Flavian Poetry and its Greek Past

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Flavian Poetry and its Greek Past breaks new ground by investigating the close interaction between Flavian poetry and Greek literary tradition and by evaluating the meaning of this affiliation in the socio-political and cultural context of the late first century CE. Authors examined include Martial, Silius Italicus, Statius, and Valerius Flaccus. Their interaction with Greek literature is not just thematic or geographical: the Greek literary past is conceived as the poetic influence of a variety of authors, periods, and genres, such as Homer, the Cyclic tradition, Greek lyric poetry, Greek tragedy, Hellenistic poetry and aesthetics, and Greek historiography.
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Biographical Note

Antony Augoustakis is Associate professor of Classics at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign). He is the author of Motherhood and the Other: Fashioning Female Power in Flavian Epic (Oxford) and Plautus’ Mercator (Bryn Mawr). He has edited Brill's Companion to Silius Italicus (Leiden), Ritual and Religion in Flavian Epic (Oxford), and co-edited the Blackwell Companion to Terence (with Ariana Traill). He is completing a commentary on Statius' Thebaid Book 8 (Oxford).

Contributors: Federica Bessone, Cristiano Castelletti, Robert Cowan, Marco Fucecchi, Daniela Galli, Jean-Michel Hulls, Simone Finkmann, Evangelos Karakasis, Darcy Krasne, R. Joy Littlewood, Ana Maria Lóio, Irene Mitousi, Margot Neger, Arianna Sacerdoti, Carey Seal, Pavlos Sfyroeras, Jörn Soerink, Michiel van der Keur, Marco van der Schuur.

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" This volume serves two important purposes. First, it demonstrates the importance of Flavian engagement with Greek literature and thought even where we might least expect it, in writers like Silius and Martial. Second, it testifies to the vitality of the study of Flavian literature in contemporary Latin studies. These major poets are finally receiving the scrutiny and appreciation that they deserve." Peter Davis, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2014.08.53.

Table of contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS

ANTONY AUGOUSTAKIS
Introduction. Between Greece and Italy: Flavian Poetry
and Its Traditions

I. FLAVIAN LITERATURE AND GREEK INTERTEXTS
1. ARIANNA SACERDOTI
Quis magna tuenti somnus? Scenes of Sleeplessness (and Intertextuality)
in Flavian Poetry

II. VALERIUS FLACCUS
2. DARCY KRASNE
When the Argo Met the Argo: Poetic Destruction in Valerius’ Argonautica

3. CRISTIANO CASTELLETTI
Aratus and the Aratean Tradition in Valerius’ Argonautica

4. SIMONE FINKMANN
Collective Speech and Silence in the Argonautica of Apollonius and Valerius

5. MARCO VAN DER SCHUUR
Conflating Funerals: The Deaths of Idmon and Tiphys in Valerius’ Argonautica

6. CAREY SEAL
Civil War and the Apollonian Model in Valerius’ Argonautica

7. DANIELA GALLI
Dionysius Scytobrachion’s Argonautica and Valerius

8. IRENE MITOUSI
Valerius’ Argonautica as an Ideological Epic of the Flavian era

III. STATIUS
9. JÖRN SOERINK
Tragic / Epic: Statius’ Thebaid and Euripides’ Hypsipyle

10. JEAN-MICHEL HULLS
Greek Author, Greek Past: Statius, Athens, and the Tragic Self

11. FEDERICA BESSONE
Polis, Court, Empire: Greek Culture, Roman Society,
and the System of Genres in Statius’ poetry

12. PAVLOS SFYROERAS
Like Purple on Ivory: A Homeric Simile in Statius’ Achilleid

IV. SILIUS ITALICUS
13. EVANGELOS KARAKASIS
Homeric Receptions in Flavian Epic: Intertextual Characterization in Punica 7

14. R. JOY LITTLEWOOD
Loyalty and the Lyre: Constructions of Fides in Hannibal’s
Capuan Banquets

15. MICHIEL VAN DER KEUR
meruit deus esse uideri: Silius’ Homer in Homer’s Punica 13

16. MARCO FUCECCHI
The Philosophy of Power: Greek Literary Tradition and Silius’ On Kingship

V. MARTIAL
17. MARGOT NEGER
‘Graece numquid’ ait ‘poeta nescis?’ Martial and the Greek
Epigrammatic Tradition

18. ROBERT COWAN
Fingering Cestos: Martial’s Catullus’ Callimachus

19. ANA MARIA LÓIO
Inheriting Speech: Talking Books Come To Flavian Rome

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All those interested in Latin literature and Flavian poetry in particular, intertextuality, and the influence of Greek literature on Latin poetry.

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