1st Edition

Latin Poetry and Its Reception Essays for Susanna Braund

Edited By C. W. Marshall Copyright 2021
    320 Pages
    by Routledge

    320 Pages
    by Routledge

    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



    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




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

    "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