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Latin Poetry and Its Reception
Essays for Susanna Braund

Edited By

C. W. Marshall

ISBN 9780367549022
Published March 31, 2021 by Routledge
320 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors



Roman Kingship

1. Kingship Theory in Latin Poetry, 240-20 BCE

Joseph Farrell

2. The Good King According to Virgil in the Aeneid

Alison Keith

3.The Nature and Nurture of Kingship in Virgil’s Georgics and Seneca’s De Clementia

Jayne Knight

4. Rege sub uno: On the Politics of Statius’ Achilleid

Alessandro Barchiesi


Genre Crossing

5. The Return of the Tibicines in Livy and Ovid

Marcus Wilson

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

Paula James

8. Tacitean Inflections of Sincerity

Victoria Emma Pagán


Imperial Intertexts

9. The Burial of Misenus and Lucan's De Bello Ciuili

Cillian O’Hogan

10. Mens Humilis vs. Superbia in Prudentius’ Psychomachia

Andrew M. McClellan

11. Keeping the faith: allegory in late antique panegyric and hagiography

Philip Hardie


Modern Receptions

12. Gavin Douglas’s Cranes and Other Classical Birds

Carole Newlands

13. After Strada: English Responses to Strada’s Nightingale (Prolusiones 2.6), with texts of four previously unprinted versions

Stuart Gillespie

14. Gibbon and Juvenal

Josiah Osgood

15. Into the Maw: Melville and the Classical Tradition

Bill Gladhill

16. Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex: The Libretto

Stephen Harrison

17. Muted Voices: Marina Tsvetaeva’s and Anna Akhmatova’s Classical Heroines

Zara Torlone

18. Translating Friendship: My Brilliant Friend and the Aeneid

Corinne Pache



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C. W. Marshall is Professor of Greek at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.