By Boris Kayachev
The Ciris has acquired a specific amount of scholarly recognition throughout the 20th century, yet most often has did not meet with an sufficient appreciation. This publication goals to vindicate the Ciris, ordinarily by way of exploring its use of pre-Virgilian poetic texts principally neglected in prior scholarship.
The center of the ebook includes a discursive literary observation, divided into chapters that study consecutively the poem's major narrative devices. Viewing allusion and allegory as intrinsic beneficial properties of poetic composition instead of mere inventive units, the ebook explores, between extra fashionable intertexts, Apollonius' Argonautica and Callimachus' Hecale, Lucretius and Catullus sixty four. Allusions also are recommended to Homer and Empedocles, Theocritus, Moschus, and Bion, Nicander and Euphorion, Choerilus of Samos and Asius of Samos, Ennius and Cicero. via its difficult internet of references to poetic intertexts, the Ciris, it truly is argued, creates an implicit allegorical development with an unique poetological message.
Allusion and Allegory is therefore the 1st book-length learn to provide a coherent literary interpretation of this debatable poem.
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Allusion and Allegory: Studies in the >Ciris< (Beiträge zur Altertumskunde) by Boris Kayachev