Flavian Poetry


The reign of the Flavian emperors (69-96) saw the production of a large and varied body of Latin poetry: the epics of Valerius Flaccus, Silius Italicus and Statius, the Silvae of the same Statius, and the Epigrams of Martial. This poetry, long seen as derivative or decadent, is now increasingly appreciated for the daring originality of its responses both to the Latin literary tradition and to the contemporary Roman world. In the summer of 2003, the first-ever international conference on Flavian poetry, was held at Groningen, The Netherlands, bringing together leading scholars in the field from Europe, North America and Australasia. This volume offers a selection of the papers delivered on that occasion.
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Biographical Note

Ruurd R. Nauta is Professor of Latin at Groningen University. He is the author of Poetry for Patrons. Literary Communication in the Age of Domitian (Brill, 2002), and co-editor of Catullus’ Poem on Attis (Brill, 2005).
Harm-Jan van Dam is Associate Professor of Latin at Free University Amsterdam. He is the author of Statius Silvae II, A Commentary (Brill, 1984) and Hugo Grotius De imperio summarum potestatum circa sacra (Brill, 2001).
Johannes J.L. Smolenaars is Associate Professor of Latin at Amsterdam University. He is the author of Statius Thebaid VII, A Commentary (Brill, 1994), and published widely on Virgil, Ovid, Seneca tragicus and Statius.

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"This volume collects revised versions of 21 papers delivered at an international colloquium on Flavian poetry at the University of Groningen in August 2003. The editors are well-known contributors to the study of Flavian literature, and the contributors are respected scholars in the field of Latin literature. The papers, whose authors and titles are listed at the end of the review, generally avoid overlap in subject material, and some papers gain strength from complementary treatments in the same volume. Parenthetical comments and footnotes offer useful cross-references between the papers, and the volume meets the high production standards associated with the Mnemosyne Supplement series. Roughly equal coverage is given to each of the three major "subdomains" of extant Flavian poetry (epic, epigram, and the multigeneric Silvae), though certain gaps may also be questioned. All in all, the volume is a welcome companion to the earlier Brill production, Flavian Rome: Culture, Image, Text (ed. A.J. Boyle & W.J. Dominik, Leiden 2003)." – Neil W. Bernstein, in: BMCR, 2006


All those interested in Flavian culture and poetry, and in Latin poetry generally.

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