Talking Books: Readings in Hellenistic and Roman Books of Poetry

Hardcover | September 30, 2008

byG. O. Hutchinson

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Increasing importance is being attached to how Greek and Latin books of poems were arranged, but such research has often been carried out with little attention to the physical fragments of actual ancient poetry-books. In this extensive study Gregory Hutchinson investigates the design of Greekand Latin books of poems in the light of papyri, including recent discoveries. A series of discussions of major poems and collections from two central periods of Greek and Latin literature is framed by a substantial and illustrated survey of poetry-books and reading, and by a more theoreticaldiscussion of structures involving books. The main poets discussed are Callimachus, Apollonius, Posidippus, Catullus, Horace, and Ovid; a chapter on Latin didactic includes Lucretius, Virgil, Ovid, and Manilius.

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Increasing importance is being attached to how Greek and Latin books of poems were arranged, but such research has often been carried out with little attention to the physical fragments of actual ancient poetry-books. In this extensive study Gregory Hutchinson investigates the design of Greekand Latin books of poems in the light of pap...

G. O. Hutchinson is Professor of Greek and Latin Languages and Literature in the University of Oxford.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:380 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.88 inPublished:September 30, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199279411

ISBN - 13:9780199279418

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1. Doing Things with Books2. The Aetia: Callimachus' Poem of Knowledge3. Hellenistic Epic and Homeric Form4. The New Posidippus and Latin Poetry5. The Catullan Corpus, Greek Epigram, and the Poetry of Objects6. The Publication and Individuality of Horace's Odes Books 1-37. Horace and Archaic Greek Poetry8. Ovid, Amores 3: The Book9. The Metamorphosis of Metamorphosis: P. Oxy. 4711 and Ovid10. Structuring Instruction: Didactic Poetry and Didactic Prose11. Books and Scales