Roman Literary Cultures: Domestic Politics, Revolutionary Poetics, Civic Spectacle
Drawing on the historicizing turn in Latin literary scholarship, Roman Literary Cultures combines new critical methods with traditional analysis across four hundred years of Latin literature, from mid-republican Rome in the second century BC to the Second Sophistic in the second century AD. The contributors explore Latin texts both famous and obscure, from Roman drama and Menippean satire through Latin elegies, epics, and novels to letters issued by Roman emperors and compilations of laws.
Each of the essays in this volume combines close reading of Latin literary texts with historical and cultural contextualization, making the collection an accessible and engaging combination of formalist criticism and historicist exegesis that attends to the many ways in which classical Latin literature participated in ancient Roman civic debates.
- Series: Phoenix Supplementary Volumes
- World Rights
- Page Count: 368 pages
- Illustrations: 7
- Dimensions: 6.5in x 1.1in x 9.3in
‘All articles are minutely argued… Editors and contributors should be congratulated for this engaging addition to Phoenix Supplementary Volumes.’
The Classical Journal June 2017
"Charming and impressive, this volume is characteristic both of the editors and of Elaine Fantham; she must have been pleased."
Amy Richlin, University of California, LA
University of Toronto Quarterly, vol 87 3, Summer 2018
“Alison Keith and Jonathan Edmondson have collected a fine body of work that builds on the legacy of Fantham’s Roman Literary Culture. Each contribution is clearly written, and spaciously argued. The shear breadth of the coverage ensures that all students of Roman literature can find something of interest.”
Catherine Connors, Department of Classics, University of Washington
Author InformationAlison Keith is a professor in the Departments of Classics and Women’s Studies and the director of the Jackman Humanities Institute at the University of Toronto.
Jonathan Edmondson is professor of History and Classical Studies in the Department of History at York University.
Table of contents
1. Introduction – Alison Keith and Jonathan Edmondson
Part I – Domestic Politics
2. Varro on the Battle of Moisture in the Roman Domus (A Note on Men. Fr. 531–32) – Christer Bruun
3. Rape, the Family, and the “Father of the Fatherland” in Ovid, Fasti 2 – Fanny Dolansky
4. Naming the Elegiac Mistress: Elegiac Onomastics in Roman Inscriptions – Alison Keith
5. In Manus: Pliny’s Letters and the Arts of Mastery – Sarah Blake
Part II – Revolutionary Poetics
6. The Magic is in the Mix: Circe, Ovid, and the Genre(s) of the Remedia Amoris – Barbara Weiden Boyd
7. Primus Pastor: The Origins of Pastoral in Ovid’s Metamorphoses – Sarah McCallum
8. Narrative Transition and Literary Allusion in Ovid’s Metamorphoses 9 – C.W. Marshall
9. Elegy and Epic in Lucan’s Bellum Ciuile – Cedric Littlewood
10. Revolution and Revenge: Reading Aeneas through Hannibal – Elizabeth Kennedy
Part III – Civic Spectacle
11. The Charms of an Older Lover: Afranius 378–382 Ribbeck3 – Jarrett Welsh
12. Knowledge, Power, and Republicanism in Lucan – Jonathan Tracy
13. The Rites of Others – Clifford Ando
14. Rituals of Reciprocity: Gladiatorial Munera in Apuleius’ Metamorphoses – Jonathan Edmondson
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