Chapter

Some Background

Michèle Lowrie

in Writing, Performance, and Authority in Augustan Rome

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780199545674
Published online February 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191719950 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199545674.003.0002
Some Background

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Analysis of mediality in Callimachus, Ennius, Lucretius, and Catullus maps the traditions inherited by the Augustan poets. While Callimachus embraces song and its association with divine inspiration but still presents his writing practices realistically, the early Roman poets assume that they are writers and gradually adopt song when reaching for greater sublimity. A discussion of the reception of the disputed carmina conuiualia in Horace and Vergil concludes this section on background.

Keywords: Callimachus; Ennius; Lucretius; Catullus; carmina conuiualia

Chapter.  18320 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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