Roman Literary Cultures: Domestic Politics, Revolutionary Poetics, Civic Spectacle

Roman Literary Cultures: Domestic Politics, Revolutionary Poetics, Civic Spectacle

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Edited by Alison Keith and Jonathan Edmondson
Phoenix Supplementary Volumes
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2016
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368 Pages 7 Images
ISBN 9781442629677
Published May 2016
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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.

Alison Keith is professor of Classics and Women's Studies in the Department of Classics at the University of Toronto.

Jonathan Edmondson is professor of History and Classical Studies in the Department of History at York University.

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

“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

‘All articles are minutely argued… Editors and contributors should be congratulated for this engaging addition to Phoenix Supplementary Volumes.’

Clifford Broeniman, The Classical Journal June 2017