Echoing Hylas: A Study In Hellenistic And Roman Metapoetics

Hardcover | December 15, 2015

byMark Heerink

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In Echoing Hylas, Mark Heerink argues that the story of Hylas—a famous episode of the Argonauts’ voyage—was used by poets throughout classical antiquity to reflect symbolically on the position of their poetry in the literary tradition. Certain elements of the story, including the characters of Hylas and Hercules themselves, functioned as metaphors of the art of poetry. In the Hellenistic age, for example, the poet Theocritus employed Hylas as an emblem of his innovative bucolic verse, contrasting the boy with Hercules, who symbolized an older, heroic-epic tradition. The Roman poet Propertius further developed and transformed Theocritus’ metapoetical allegory by turning Heracles into an elegiac lover in pursuit of an unattainable object of affection. In this way, the myth of Hylas became the subject of a dialogue among poets across time, from the Hellenistic age to the Flavian era. Each poet, Heerink demonstrates, used elements of the myth to claim his own place in a developing literary tradition.
            With this innovative diachronic approach, Heerink opens a new dimension of ancient metapoetics and offers many insights into the works of Apollonius of Rhodes, Theocritus, Virgil, Ovid, Valerius Flaccus, and Statius.

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In Echoing Hylas, Mark Heerink argues that the story of Hylas—a famous episode of the Argonauts’ voyage—was used by poets throughout classical antiquity to reflect symbolically on the position of their poetry in the literary tradition. Certain elements of the story, including the characters of Hylas and Hercules themselves, functioned ...

Mark Heerink is an associate professor in Latin literature at the University of Amsterdam and VU University Amsterdam. He is the coeditor of Brill’s Companion to Valerius Flaccus.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:December 15, 2015Publisher:University of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299305406

ISBN - 13:9780299305406

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments                 
Abbreviations            
 
Introduction               
1 The Dilemma of Libertas in Epistles 1.1                
2 Horace the Student: Inconsistency and Sickness in Epistles 1.1, 1.8, and 1.15                  
3 Horace the Teacher: Poetry and Philosophy in Epistles 1.1 and 1.2                      
4 Nil Admirari: The Moral Adviser of Epistles 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, and 1.12                     
5 Otia Liberrima: Horace, Maecenas, and the Sabine Farm in Epistles 1.7 and 1.16            
6 The Limits of Rural Libertas: Epistles 1.10, 1.11, and 1.14                       
7 Moderate Freedom and Friendship: Epistles 1.17 and 1.18                       
8 Moderate Freedom and Poetry: Epistles 1.3 and 1.19                    
Conclusion: Freedom and Publication in Epistles 1.13 and 1.20                   
 
Notes             
Bibliography              
Index   

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“Clarifies the workings of metapoetics in classical antiquity, offering stimulating reflections on the intertextual dialogue among poets living in very different contexts, from the Hellenistic Age to the Flavian era.”—Classical Review