Latin Epic and Didactic Poetry
edited by Monica Gale
ISBN-13: 978-0-9543845-6-2 ISBN-10: 0-9543845-6-3, hardback, xxiv+262 pp., 2004, GB £45.00
 

The editor: Monica Gale has written extensively on the poetry of the Late Republican and Augustan periods, with a particular focus on questions of genre and intertextuality.

How is it possible for a poet to find his own individual voice, when he is writing in a tradition so venerable and so constrained by convention as Roman epic? How do poets working in related genres - particularly didactic - conceptualize their relationship to the main epic tradition? The eleven essays in this volume, by leading scholars in the field of Roman poetry and its post-Classical receptions, consider some of the strategies which writers from Lucretius onwards have employed in negotiating their relationship with their literary forebears, and staking out a place for their own work within a tradition stretching back to Hesiod and Homer.

 

CONTENTS
Acknowledgements
Notes on contributors
Introduction: Genre, tradition and individuality - Monica Gale
PART 1: FRAMING EPICS: EPIC, DIDACTIC AND RELATED GENRES
1. Getting the measure of heroes: The dactylic hexameter and its detractors - Llewelyn Morgan
2. Politian's Ambra and reading epic didactically - Andrew Laird
3. The story of us: A narratological analysis of Lucretius' De Rerum Natura - Monica Gale
4. From didactic to epic: Georgics 2.458 - 3.48 - Damien Nelis
PART II: GENRE AND TRADITION: VIRGIL AND AFTER
5. Virgil's Corycius senex and Nicander's Georgica: Georgics 4.116-148 - Stephen Harrison
6. Tradition and originality: Allusion in Valerius Flaccus' Lemnian episode - Ray Clare
7. The repetitions of Hypsipyle - Bruce Gibson
8. Claudian: The epic poet in the prefaces - Catherine Ware
PART III: RECEPTIONS: REINVENTING CLASSICAL EPIC
9. Approaching Christian epic: The preface of Juvencus - Roger Green
10. Virgilian imperialism, original sin and Fracastoro's Syphilis - Philip Hardie
11. The Aeneid and twentieth-century Welsh poetry - Ceri Davies
Index locorum
General index