The Poetics of Latin Didactic
Lucretius, Vergil, Ovid, Manilius
By (author) Katharina Volk
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Poetics of Latin Didactic by Katharina Volk
Book DescriptionSome of the most famous literary works from antiquity are so-called didactic poems. Even the Greeks and Romans found it difficult to gain a theoretical understanding of this genre, and modern readers often avoid such texts, which they perceive as dry and overly technical. Volk offers a new theoretical look at this genre, discussing the characteristics that make a poem 'didactic' from the points of view of both theory and literary history, and tracing its history from Hesiod to Roman times. This discussion leads into detailed interpretations of four great Latin didactic poems: Lucretius' De rerum natura, Vergil's Georgics, Ovid's Ars Amatoria, and Manilius' Astronomica. Volk cocludes that didactic poems, though belonging to a genre often regarded as unpoetic, typically present themselves self-consciously as poetry and give particular attention to discussions of poetics.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199245505
(223mm x 144mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 27-Jun-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Katharina Volk
Roman Reflections, Hardback (November 2015)
This volume reasserts the significance of Roman philosophy by exploring how the Romans developed sophisticated forms of philosophical discourse shaped by their own history, concepts, and values, as well as, crucially, by the Latin language.
Forgotten Stars, Hardback (March 2011)
A collection of essays on the Astronomica of the first-century Stoic author Manilius, a poem which purports to teach the reader the art of astrology and the means by which an accurate horoscope may be cast. An international team of scholars analyse this dynamic poem from a variety of perspectives.
Ovid, Hardback (September 2010)
The first general introduction to Ovid written in English in over 20 years, this book provides a unique and accessible introduction to the complete works of Ovid. Using a thematic approach, Volk lays out what we know about Ovid's life, presents the author's works within their poetic genres, and discusses central Ovidian themes.
Manilius and His Intellectual Background, Hardback (February 2009)» View all books by Katharina Volk
The first English-language monograph on Marcus Manilius, a Roman poet of the first century AD, whose Astronomica is our earliest extant comprehensive treatment of astrology. Katharina Volk brings Manilius and his world alive for modern readers by exploring the manifold intellectual traditions that shaped his work.
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Author Biography - Katharina Volk
Katharina Volk is Assistant Professor in the Department of Classics, Bucknell University
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