Engendering Rome: Women in Latin Epic (Roman Literature and by A. M. Keith

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This examine examines the function of woman characters within the Roman epic poetry of Virgil, Ovid and different writers. Its 5 chapters argue that the feminized landscapes, militaristic girls, and lovely woman corpses of the Roman epic culture will be interpreted along with using the style via old educators as a way of inculcating Roman codes of masculinity and femininity of their scholars. the problems addressed are of curiosity not only to classicists but in addition to scholars of later poetic traditions and to these pursuing gender experiences.

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Like his predecessors, however, Statius frequently defines the male by reference to the female. –). This phrasing reflects the conventional superiority of male over female in ancient Roman society, and Lactantius implies that the sentiment is traditional in epic when he adduces in comparison Virgil’s introduction of the Italian king Latinus (quoting Aen. 59 Despite Statius’ early assertion of the natural superiority of male over female, however, the final scenes of the Thebaid problematise the conventional epic opposition of women and uirtus.

Suas. –. –. Cf. Sinclair (). For Lucan’s stature in the Flavian period, cf. Mart. , and Stat. Sil. . 29 Valuable evidence about the interpretation of Roman epic poetry survives in the tradition of late antique commentaries on the Aeneid and one of its successors, Statius’ Thebaid. 30 The surviving examples of this tradition exemplify the interpretive strategies to which elite youths were exposed in their reading of the Aeneid, and allow us a glimpse of the ‘pedagogic work’31 of reproducing Roman social relations, including gender relations, performed through the reading of epic in the ancient curriculum.

Could be] read [by subsequent epicists] as normative for the genre’. On the impact of the Aeneid on imperial epic, see Hardie ().     and the poetic tradition in this regard, as in so many others, bears out Horace’s contemptuous contrast between the schoolmen and men of letters (S. 56 The commentaries on Ennius’ Annales mentioned by Suetonius are no longer extant; the grammatical notes of Verrius Flaccus on Lucretius’ language and the critical edition of the De rerum natura by the Neronian scholar M.

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