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By John F. Miller, A.J. Woodman

ISBN-10: 9004177558

ISBN-13: 9789004177550

This publication, a sequel to Clio and the Poets (Brill 2002), takes as its aspect of departure Quintilian's assertion that 'historiography is particularly with regards to the poets': it examines not just how verse interfaces with old texts but additionally how early imperial Roman historians interact with particular poetic texts. incorporated are sizeable discussions of a variety of authors, particularly Lucan, Seneca, Statius, Pliny, Juvenal, Silius Italicus, and Tacitus. booklet jacket

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Geymonat () –; Nappa (). 12 On the evocation of Ennius’ treatment of Carthage here, see Feeney () –. g. Ash () –. 14 See further Hershkowitz () , Zissos () –.  bruce gibson section of their stories is of course well known, as is Horace’s critique of cyclic epic in the Ars Poetica (–) for trying to cover the whole of something like the Trojan War. The Horace passage can be seen as endorsing praise already found in Aristotle, where Homer is lauded for having selected only a section of the Iliad’s story, and where it is suggested that whereas history might focus on the events of a single period, poetry might properly deal with a single action (praxis) (Poetics a).

36 A question posed by Alessandro Barchiesi in his plenary lecture, on “Alexandria and Rome,” delivered to the Classical Association conference in Liverpool,  March . 37 Aen.  carcere frenat;  habenas (see above). Neptune will appear as the calm charioteer,  atque rotis summas levibus perlabitur undas. –), the feature of using an event from Roman history to compare to an event in a legendary, or remoter historical, narrative. chapter two CAUSATION IN POST-AUGUSTAN EPIC* Bruce Gibson Introduction Quite rightly, the Aetia of Callimachus have played a large part in the understanding of Roman poetry.

Note Livy’s brilliant use of oratio obliqua in the passage as a means of dealing with the Romans’ duplicitous conduct over Sardinia in the aftermath of the Mercenary War: angebant ingentis spiritus virum Sicilia Sardiniaque amissae: nam et Siciliam nimis celeri desperatione rerum concessam et Sardiniam inter motum Africae fraude Romanorum, stipendio etiam insuper imposito, interceptam. 31 On this tradition, see Walbank ()  on Plb. . 32 Woodman (b)  suggests that Tacitus may here be alluding to Silius.

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