Augustan Poetry and the Irrational

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The establishment of the Augustan regime presents itself as the assertion of order and rationality in the political, ideological, and artistic spheres, after the disorder and madness of the civil wars of the late Republic. But the classical, Apollonian poetry of the Augustan period isfascinated by the irrational in both the public and private spheres. There is a vivid memory of the political and military furor that destroyed the Republic, and also an anxiety that furor may resurface, that the repressed may return. Epic and elegy are both obsessed with erotic madness: Didoexperiences in her very public role the disabling effects of love that are both lamented and celebrated by the love elegists. Didactic (especially the Georgics) and the related Horatian exercises in satire and epistle, offer programmes for constructing rational order in the natural, political, andpsychological worlds, but at best contain uneasily an ever-present threat of confusion and backsliding, and for the most part fall short of the austere standards of rational exposition set by Lucretius. Dionysus and the Dionysiac enjoy a prominence in Augustan poetry and art that goes well beyondthe merely ornamental. The person of the emperor Augustus himself tests the limits of rational categorization. Augustan Poetry and the Irrational contains contributions by some of the leading experts of the Augustan period as well as a number of younger scholars. An introduction which surveys the field as a whole is followed by chapters that examine the manifestations of the irrational in a range of Augustanpoets, including Virgil, Horace, Ovid, and the love elegists, and also explore elements of post-classical reception.

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The establishment of the Augustan regime presents itself as the assertion of order and rationality in the political, ideological, and artistic spheres, after the disorder and madness of the civil wars of the late Republic. But the classical, Apollonian poetry of the Augustan period isfascinated by the irrational in both the public and ...

Philip Hardie is Senior Research Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge, and Honorary Professor of Latin Literature, University of Cambridge.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:February 6, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceList of Contributors1. Philip Hardie: Introduction: Augustan Poetry and the IrrationalPart 1: Civil War: Expiation and the Return of the Repressed2. Elena Giusti: My Enemy's Enemy is My Enemy: Virgil's Illogical Use of metus hostilis3. Stefano Rebeggiani: Orestes, Aeneas, and Augustus: Madness and Tragedy in Virgil's Aeneid4. Mario Labate: The Night of Reason: The Esquiline and Witches in HoracePart 2: Order and Disorder: Counting and Accounts5. Christian Hass: Beyond 'Cosmos' and 'Logos': An Irrational Cosmology in Virgil, Georgics 1.231-58?6. Jurgen Paul Schwindt: The Magic of Counting: On the Cantatoric Status of Poetry (Catullus 5 and 7' Horace Odes 1.11)7. Emily Gowers: Under the Influence: Maecenas and Bacchus in Georgic 2Part 3: Reason and Desire8. Jane Burkowski: Apollo in Tibullus 2.3 and 2.59. Jacqueline Fabre-Serris: The Ars rhetorica: An Ovidian remedium for Female furor?10. William Fitzgerald: Augustan Gothic: Alexander Pope Reads Ovid11. Donncha O'Rourke: The Madness of Elegy: Rationalizing PropertiusPart 4: Self-Contraditions: Philosophy and Rhetoric12. Mario Citroni: Horace and the Value of Self-Deception13. S. J. Heyworth: Irrational Panegyric in Augustan PoetryPart 5: Virgilian Figures of the Irrational14. Severine Clement-Tarantino: Caderent mones a crinibus hydri: The Problems of the Irrational in the Juno and Allecto Episode in Aeneid 715. Philip Hardie: Adamastor and the Epic Poet's Dark ContinentBibliographyIndex