By Professor of Latin Gesine Manuwald, Astrid Voigt
This quantity at the 3 Flavian epic poets (Valerius Flaccus, Statius, Silius Italicus) for the 1st time severely engages with a different set-up in Roman literary historical past: the survival of 4 epic poems from an analogous interval. The interactions of those poems with one another and their modern context are explored through over 20 specialists and rising students. jointly they give new views to the nonetheless expanding readership of Flavian epic poetry.
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Pliny’s famous criticism of the poem as more fastidious than inspired (maiore cura quam ingenio, Ep. 5) pointedly draws attention to the excessive time spent by the author in composing and revising. It is, in the end, more a political criticism than a literary one. 5 depicts Silius’ writing of epic as sacra (‘rites’) in honour of Virgil (Maronis). John Penwill Imperial encomia in Flavian epic Passages purporting to compliment or eulogise the Flavian dynasts are found in all four of the surviving epics that were produced under their rule.
Cf. Malamud 1995, 172– 175; Hershkowitz 1998a, 63. Cf. Sil. 623 – 624, discussed pp. 18 – 19 below. Dominik 1989, 84. Henderson 1991, 34; 1993, 165 – 167. Cf. Ahl 1986, 2813 – 2814, 2819. 42 John Penwill ented with Lucan’s heavenly outcomes not as future events but as temptations, and urged to keep his feet firmly on the ground. 814– 815). 576 – 579): vosque malis hominum, Stygiae, iam parcite, divae: omnibus in terris scelus hoc omnique sub aevo viderit una dies, monstrumque infame futuris excidat, et soli memorent haec proelia reges.
5 depicts Silius’ writing of epic as sacra (‘rites’) in honour of Virgil (Maronis). John Penwill Imperial encomia in Flavian epic Passages purporting to compliment or eulogise the Flavian dynasts are found in all four of the surviving epics that were produced under their rule. ¹ As Fred Ahl points out, this is the age of Quintilian and figured discourse, in which the skill of the orator (and by extension, poet) is to say one thing but imply another (Quint. Inst. 65 – 66):² huic [sc. ἐμφάσει] vel confinis vel eadem est, qua nunc utimur plurimum.
Flavian Epic Interactions by Professor of Latin Gesine Manuwald, Astrid Voigt