Latin Poetry and Its Reception Essays for Susanna Braund
This volume offers 18 new studies reflecting the latest scholarship on Latin verse, explored both in its original context and in subsequent contexts as it has been translated and re-imagined. All chapters reflect the wide research interests of Professor Susanna Braund, to whom the volume is dedicated.
Latin Poetry and Its Reception assembles a blend of senior scholars and new voices in Latin literary studies. It makes important contributions to the understanding of kingship in Hellenistic and Roman thought, with the first four chapters dedicated to exploring this theme in Republican poetry, Virgil, Seneca, and Statius. Chapters focusing on the modern reception include case studies from the 16th to the 21st century, with discussions on Gavin Douglas, Edward Gibbon, Herman Melville, Igor Stravinsky, and Elena Ferrante, among others. No comparable volume provides a similar range.
Latin Poetry and Its Reception will appeal to all scholars of Latin poetry and classical reception, from senior undergraduates to scholars in classics and other disciplines.
Notes on Contributors
1. Kingship Theory in Latin Poetry, 240-20 BCE
2. The Good King According to Virgil in the Aeneid
3.The Nature and Nurture of Kingship in Virgil’s Georgics and Seneca’s De Clementia
4. Rege sub uno: On the Politics of Statius’ Achilleid
5. The Return of the Tibicines in Livy and Ovid
6. Phaedrus in the Forum: Plautus’ Pseudolus and Plato’s Phaedrus
Christopher S. van den Berg
7. When Mortals Meet Gods in Classical and Contemporary Contexts
8. Tacitean Inflections of Sincerity
Victoria Emma Pagán
9. The Burial of Misenus and Lucan's De Bello Ciuili
10. Mens Humilis vs. Superbia in Prudentius’ Psychomachia
Andrew M. McClellan
11. Keeping the faith: allegory in late antique panegyric and hagiography
12. Gavin Douglas’s Cranes and Other Classical Birds
13. After Strada: English Responses to Strada’s Nightingale (Prolusiones 2.6), with texts of four previously unprinted versions
14. Gibbon and Juvenal
15. Into the Maw: Melville and the Classical Tradition
16. Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex: The Libretto
17. Muted Voices: Marina Tsvetaeva’s and Anna Akhmatova’s Classical Heroines
18. Translating Friendship: My Brilliant Friend and the Aeneid
"This is a rich and wide-ranging collection of essays. While it can sometimes be the case that an edited volume is purchased or picked up for the sake of a few of its essays, the scope and quality of the contributions in this book make this a book worth perusing with pleasure. Chapters speak, directly or indirectly, to each other, and are organised into sections which develop a clear progression of ideas... This book will be a valuable addition to personal and academic libraries of books on Latin poetry and its long afterlife."
- Bryn Mawr, Classical Review
"The topics and issues addressed are very diverse, so that the articles are each followed by their own bibliography, which is most convenient in such cases; A general index completes the set."
- François Ripoll, Anabases