The Augustan age was one in which writers were constantly reworking the Roman past, and which was marked by a profound engagement of poets with the historians and historical techniques which were the main vehicle for the transmission of the image of the past to their day.
In this book seventeen leading scholars from Europe and America examine the fascinating interaction between such apparently diverse genres: how the Augustan poets drew on — or reacted against — the historians’ presentation of the world, and how, conversely, historians picked up and transformed poetic themes for their own ends. With essays on poems
Odes to Ovid’s
Metamorphoses, on authors from Virgil to Valerius Maximus, it forms the most important topic so central to such a particulary relevant period of literary history.
D.S. Levene, Ph.D. (1989) in Classics, University of Oxford, is Professor of Latin Language and Literature at the University of Leeds. He has published a variety of works on Latin historiography and rhetoric, including
Religion in Livy (Brill, 1993).
D.P. Nelis, Ph.D. (1988) in Classics, Queen's University of Belfast, is Professor of Latin at Trinity College Dublin. He is the author of
Vergil and Apollonius: the Aeneid and the Argonautica (Leeds 2001).
All scholars and students of the literature of the Augustan period and of Roman poetry and historiography.