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Paradox and the Marvellous in Augustan Literature and Culture

Paradox and the Marvellous in Augustan Literature and Culture

by Philip Hardie
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199231249

ISBN-13: 9780199231249

Pub. Date: 08/03/2009

Publisher: Oxford University Press

The literature and art of Augustan Rome are often characterized as classicizing in tendency, aiming at a harmony, sobriety, and seriousness that are in keeping with an Augustan ideology of a revival of traditional Roman morality and common sense. The 'Augustan' is often contrasted with a proclivity to the bizarre and emotional in the neoteric poetry that preceded

Overview

The literature and art of Augustan Rome are often characterized as classicizing in tendency, aiming at a harmony, sobriety, and seriousness that are in keeping with an Augustan ideology of a revival of traditional Roman morality and common sense. The 'Augustan' is often contrasted with a proclivity to the bizarre and emotional in the neoteric poetry that preceded it, and with the supposed psychological and rhetorical excesses of the culture of post-Augustan imperial Rome. But Augustan culture and poetry are in fact marked by a far-reaching interest in the paradoxical, the marvellous, and the unexpected. In poetry Horace and Ovid are key figures in the development of ideas of poetic licence; Augustan wall-painting and sculpture frequently stray into the fantastic. Augustan authors respond to the amazing growth of Roman empire, and to the paradoxical novelty of Augustus' 'Roman Revolution'. There is a continuing interest in Hellenistic traditions of paradoxography and ethnographic marvels. Ovid's Metamorphoses, the late Augustan poem which takes as its subject-matter the fantastic and marvellous, can be read as a summa of important aspects of Augustan culture and literature. This volume, including contributions by some of the leading students of the Augustan period as well as a number of younger scholars, is the first to survey a broad range of the manifestations of paradox and the marvellous in Augustan poetry, historiography, rhetoric, and art.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199231249
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
08/03/2009
Pages:
408
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

List of Contributors xi

1 Introduction: Paradox and the Marvellous in Augustan Literature and Culture Philip Hardie 1

2 Horace's Ars Poetica and the Marvellous Mario Citroni 19

3 Where the Wild Things Are: Locating the Marvellous in Augustan Wall Painting Verity Platt 41

4 Against Nature? Some Augustan Responses to Man-made Marvels Rebecca Armstrong 75

5 Virgil: A Paradoxical Poet? Philip Hardie 95

6 The Question of the Marvellous in the Georgics of Virgil Alain Deremetz 113

7 In Search of the Lost Hercules: Strategies of the Fantastic in the Aeneid Mario Labate 126

8 Thaumatographia, or 'What is a Theme?' Jürgen Paul Schwindt 145

9 Phaethon and the Monsters Alessandro Barchiesi 163

10 Prodigiosa mendacia uatum: Responses to the Marvellous in Ovid's Narrative of Perseus (Metamorphoses 4-5) Florence Klein 189

11 Encountering the Fantastic: Expectations, Forms of Communication, Reactions Marco Fucecchi 213

12 Constructing a Narrative of mira deum: The Story of Philemon and Baucis (Ovid, Metamorphoses 8) Jacqueline Fabre-Serris 231

13 Ovid, Metamorphoses 1.416-51: noua monstra and the foedera naturae Damien Nelis 248

14 Latrator Anubis: Alien Divinities in Augustan Rome, and how to Tame Monsters through Aetiology Gianpiero Rosati 268

15 Ordering Wonderland: Ovid's Pythagoras and the Augustan Vision Mary Beagon 288

16 Delusions of Grandeur: Lucretian 'Passages' in Livy Andrew Feldherr 310

17 The Strange Art of the Sententious Declaimer Joy Connolly 330

References 350

Indexes 381

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