Generic Enrichment in Vergil and Horace

Hardcover | September 2, 2007

byS. J. Harrison

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S. J. Harrison sets out to sketch one answer to a key question in Latin literary history: why did the period c.39-19 BC in Rome produce such a rich range of complex poetical texts, above all in the work of the famous poets Vergil and Horace? Harrison argues that one central aspect of thisliterary flourishing was the way in which different poetic genres or kinds (pastoral, epic, tragedy, etc.) interacted with each other and that that interaction itself was a prominent literary subject. He explores this issue closely through detailed analysis of passages of the two poets' worksbetween these dates. Harrison opens with an outline of generic theory ancient and modern as a basis for his argument, suggesting how different poetic genres and their partial presence in each other can be detected in the Latin poetry of the first century BC.

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S. J. Harrison sets out to sketch one answer to a key question in Latin literary history: why did the period c.39-19 BC in Rome produce such a rich range of complex poetical texts, above all in the work of the famous poets Vergil and Horace? Harrison argues that one central aspect of thisliterary flourishing was the way in which differ...

S. J. Harrison is Fellow and Tutor in Classics, Corpus Christi College, and Professor of Classical Languages and Literature, University of Oxford.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.87 inPublished:September 2, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Introduction: Generic Groundwork2. Beyond Pastoral? Generic Pressures in Vergil's Eclogues3. Ambition to Rise: Horace, Satires 14. On Not Being Archilochus: Horace's Epodes5. Intra-Epic Debate: Vergil's Georgics6. Lyric Flexibility: Literary Form in Horace's Odes7. Epic Inclusivity: Vergil's Aeneid