Epic Successors of Virgil by Philip R. Hardie
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Epic Successors of Virgil
By Philip R. Hardie

The Epic Successors of Virgil

A Study in the Dynamics of a Tradition

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Epic Successors of Virgil by Philip R. Hardie

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This short book is a study of the epic tradition of the early Roman empire and specifically of the epic poems of Ovid, Lucan, Statius, Valerius Flaccus and Silius Italicus. It explores the use they made of Virgil's Aeneid, an epic interpreted not just as a monument to the heroic construction of the principate, but also as a problematical text that challenged succeeding epic poets to a reworking of the issues that it dramatised: the possibility of establishing a lasting age of peace, the relation between power and the sacred, the difficulties of distinguishing between good and its evil parodies, anxiety about imperial and poetic succession. The author draws on modern critical and theoretical approaches to argue for the vitality and interest of works which have all too often been relegated to a second division of literary history.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521425629
ISBN-10: 052142562X
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 9mm)
Pages: 144
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 17-Dec-1992
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Virgil by Philip R. Hardie Virgil, Paperback (July 1998)

Introduces Virgil's three major works and a surveys the changing critical approaches to them.

Virgil: Aeneid Book IX by Philip R. Hardie Virgil: Aeneid Book IX, Paperback (November 1994)

The first major single-volume edition in English of the pivotal book in Virgil's Aeneid , featuring the expedition of Nisus and Euryalus.

Virgil's 'Aeneid' by Philip R. Hardie Virgil's 'Aeneid', Paperback (May 1989)

This is an original study which explores Virgil's poetic and mythical transformation of Roman imperialist ideology in the "Aeneid". The author aims to refute the popular modern theory that Virgil was anti-Augustan by discussing the depth and detail with which he explored imperialist themes.

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