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
Book DescriptionThis 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 DetailsISBN: 9780521425629
(198mm x 129mm x 9mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 17-Dec-1992
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author 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, 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', Paperback (May 1989)» View all books by Philip R. Hardie
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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