Poetic Autonomy in Ancient Rome

Hardcover | February 28, 2014

byLuke Roman

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In Poetic Autonomy in Ancient Rome, Luke Roman offers a major new approach to the study of ancient Roman poetry. A key term in the modern interpretation of art and literature, "aesthetic autonomy" refers to the idea that the work of art belongs to a realm of its own, separate from ordinaryactivities and detached from quotidian interests. While scholars have often insisted that aesthetic autonomy is an exclusively modern concept and cannot be applied to other historical periods, the book argues that poets in ancient Rome employed a "rhetoric of autonomy" to define their positionwithin Roman society and establish the distinctive value of their work. This study of the Roman rhetoric of poetic autonomy includes an examination of poetic self-representation in first-person genres from the late republic to the early empire. Looking closely at the works of Lucilius, Catullus, Propertius, Horace, Virgil, Tibullus, Ovid, Statius, Martial, and Juvenal,Poetic Autonomy in Ancient Rome affords fresh insight into ancient literary texts and reinvigorates the dialogue between ancient and modern aesthetics.

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In Poetic Autonomy in Ancient Rome, Luke Roman offers a major new approach to the study of ancient Roman poetry. A key term in the modern interpretation of art and literature, "aesthetic autonomy" refers to the idea that the work of art belongs to a realm of its own, separate from ordinaryactivities and detached from quotidian interest...

Luke Roman is currently Associate Professor of Classics at Memorial University. His main area of research is Latin literature, and topics of interest include poetry in first-person genres, literary autonomy, literary representations of the city of Rome, the materiality of books and writing, Roman concepts of literature and literariness...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:448 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:February 28, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199675635

ISBN - 13:9780199675630

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AcknowledgementsIntroduction: Autonomy Ancient and Modern1. Lucilius, Catullus, and Cicero's Consulatus Suus: First-person poetry and the autonomist turn2. Autarky, withdrawal, confinement: the autonomist niche in early Augustan poetry (ca. 39 BC-25 BC)3. Augustan Poetry (ca. 25 BC-AD 17): the expansion of autonomy4. Materialities of Use and Subordination: the challenge of the autonomist legacyConclusion: poetry and other gamesBibliographyIndex