Generic Enrichment in Vergil and Horace (Paperback)
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Short Description for Generic Enrichment in Vergil and Horace Why did the years c.39-19 BC in Rome produce such a rich range of complex poetical texts, above all in the work of Vergil and Horace? S. J. Harrison argues that a vital aspect of this literary flourishing was generic enrichment, the interaction of different poetic genres, and illustrates this by analysis of key passages in the two poets' works.
- Published: 20 September 2012
- Format: Paperback 276 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780199691845 ISBN 10: 0199691843
- Sales rank: 1,404,408
Full description for Generic Enrichment in Vergil and Horace
S. J. Harrison sets out to sketch one answer to a key question in Latin literary history: why did the period c.39-19 BC in Rome produce such a rich range of complex poetical texts, above all in the work of the famous poets Vergil and Horace? Harrison argues that one central aspect of this literary flourishing was the way in which different poetic genres or kinds (pastoral, epic, tragedy, etc.) interacted with each other and that that interaction itself was a prominent literary subject. He explores this issue closely through detailed analysis of passages of the two poets' works between these dates. Harrison opens with an outline of generic theory ancient and modern as a basis for his argument, suggesting how different poetic genres and their partial presence in each other can be detected in the Latin poetry of the first century BC.