Wordplay and Powerplay in Latin Poetry / Phillip Mitsis, Ioannis Ziogas.
- Berlin ; Boston : De Gruyter, 
- Trends in classics. Supplementary volumes ; Volume 36.
Trends in Classics - Supplementary Volumes ; 36
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- Latin poetry -- History and criticism.
- Electronic books.
- In English.
- The political allegiances of major Roman poets have been notoriously difficult to pin down, in part because they often shift the onus of political interpretation from themselves to their readers. By the same token, it is often difficult to assess their authorial powerplays in the etymologies, puns, anagrams, telestichs, and acronyms that feature prominently in their poetry. It is the premise of this volume that the contexts of composition, performance, and reception play a critical role in constructing poetic voices as either politically favorable or dissenting, and however much the individual scholars in this volume disagree among themselves, their readings try to do justice collectively to poetry’s power to shape political realities. The book is aimed not only at scholars of Roman poetry, politics, and philosophy, but also at those working in later literary and political traditions influenced by Rome's greatest poets.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Power, Puns, and Politics From Horace to Silius Italicus
Tacitus and the Poets: In Nemora et Lucos … Secedendum est (Dialogus 9.6)?
Nominal Intelligence: Conspiracy, Prosopography, and the Secret of Horace, Odes 2.10
Another Vergilian Signature in the Georgics?
Mora in the Aeneid
Dido and the Owl
Freudian Bullseyes in Classical Perspective: The Psycholinguistics of Guilt in Virgil’s Aeneid
Virgil and the Achilles of Catullus
Violent Retribution and Pietas: The Closure of the Aeneid Revisited
Freedom of Speech in Virgil and Ovid
Love’s Letters: an Amor-Roma Telestich at Ovid, Ars Amatoria 3.507–10
Love Elegy and Legal Language in Ovid
Pythagoras and Numa in Ovid: Exile and Immortality at Rome
Lucan’s Caesar and Laelius
A Theory of Violence in Lucan’s Bellum Ciuile
From Pastoral to Panegyric in Calpurnius Siculus
Speaking Names in Senecan Drama
Civil War, the Soul, and the Cosmos at Seneca, Thyestes 547–622: A Tropology
Doubtful Certainties: The Politics of Reading in Seneca’s Oedipus
Doubting Domitian’s Divinity: Statius Achilleid 1.1–2
As if: Reflections on an Exemplary Wife
Silius Italicus and Greek Epic: Imperial Culture Wars
List of Contributors
Publications by Frederick Ahl
Index of passages discussed
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Includes bibliographical references at the end of each chapters and index.
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- Mitsis, Phillip, editor., Editor,
Ziogas, Ioannis, editor., Editor,
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- 10.1515/9783110475876 doi
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