Valerius Flaccus Argonautica: Abbreviated Voyages in Silver Latin Epic

Hardcover | April 1, 1999

byDebra Hershkowitz

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Valerius Flaccus' unfinished and unjustly neglected epic, recounting the Argonauts' quest for the Golden Fleece and the early stages of the love affair of Jason and Medea, has been relegated to the outer fringes of classical scholarship for many years. No full-length study devoted to theArgonautica has been published in English for over 100 years. This book seeks to redress the balance. The author aims to provide readers who have not yet encountered Valerius Flaccus' work with a general introduction to this multi-faceted epic poem. At the same time Hershkowitz offers those alreadyfamiliar with the Argonautica an in-depth re-evaluation of the work, contextualizing it within both an historical and a literary framework, and focusing in particular on its intertextual relationship with Apollonius' Argonautica and Virgil's Aeneid. Using Valerius' epic as a test-case, Dr.Hershkowitz hopes to challenge many of the critical assumptions about the nature of Silver Latin literature.

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Valerius Flaccus' unfinished and unjustly neglected epic, recounting the Argonauts' quest for the Golden Fleece and the early stages of the love affair of Jason and Medea, has been relegated to the outer fringes of classical scholarship for many years. No full-length study devoted to theArgonautica has been published in English for ove...

Debra Hershkowitz is at University of Michigan.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:April 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198150989

ISBN - 13:9780198150985

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Incompleteness: me talia uelle?Belatedness: Silver LiningsRecuperations: Better, Stronger, FasterDigressions: The Road not TakenDissimulation: Unlearned in the World's False Subtleties

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`often penetrating study ... In a subtle and convincing evaluation the author shows how the place of work within a literary tradition, far from being only a deplorable sign of lacking originality, contributes to its value by the very tension between received material and personal response, andthe challenge this evokes ... it is certainly an important contribution to our understanding and appreciation of Valerius Flaccus' Argonautica and by this token of Silver Latin literature in general.'A J Keywegt, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 20/07/99