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- DescriptionAllusions to the epic poets Virgil and Lucan in the writing of the Roman historian Tacitus (c. 55 - c. 120 C.E.) have long been ted. This mograph argues that Tacitus fashions himself as a rivaling literary successor to these poets; and that the emulative allusions to Virgil's Aeneid and Lucan's Bellum Civile in Books 1-3 of his inaugural historiographical work, the Histories, complement and build upon each other, and contribute significantly to the picture of repetitive, escalating civil war in the work. The argument is founded on the close reading of a series of related passages in the Histories, and it also broadens to consider certain narrative techniques and strategies that Tacitus shares with writers of epic.
- Author BiographyTimothy A. Joseph, Ph.D. (2007) in Classical Philology, Harvard University, is an Assistant Professor of Classics at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.
- Author(s)Timothy A. Joseph
- Date of Publication24/07/2012
- Languageeng, lat
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleMnemosyne, Supplements
- Series Part/Volume Number345
- Place of PublicationLeiden
- Country of PublicationNetherlands
- Weight490 g
- Width16 mm
- Height24 mm
- Format DetailsLaminated cover
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