Paradox and the Marvellous in Augustan Literature and Culture

Paradox and the Marvellous in Augustan Literature and Culture

by Philip Hardie
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Oxford University Press

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Paradox and the Marvellous in Augustan Literature and Culture

The literature and art of Augustan Rome are often thought of as the product of an age of high classicism, characterized by maturity, balance, and harmony. This volume examines the presence of what might be seen as an unclassical love of paradox and the marvellous, and shows that it is an important strain in the poetry of Virgil, Horace, and Ovid, as well as in prose works of history and rhetoric, and in the Augustan visual arts. The volume includes chapters by some of the leading experts in the Augustan period as well as a number of younger scholars. It will be of interest to all students of Roman literature and culture.

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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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