By Boris Kayachev
The Ciris has obtained a specific amount of scholarly awareness in the course of the 20th century, yet more often than not has did not meet with an enough appreciation. This e-book goals to vindicate the Ciris, commonly via exploring its use of pre-Virgilian poetic texts mostly overlooked in past scholarship.
The middle of the ebook contains a discursive literary remark, divided into chapters that study consecutively the poem's major narrative devices. Viewing allusion and allegory as intrinsic positive aspects of poetic composition instead of mere inventive units, the ebook explores, between extra well-known intertexts, Apollonius' Argonautica and Callimachus' Hecale, Lucretius and Catullus sixty four. Allusions also are advised to Homer and Empedocles, Theocritus, Moschus, and Bion, Nicander and Euphorion, Choerilus of Samos and Asius of Samos, Ennius and Cicero. via its tricky 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 examine to provide a coherent literary interpretation of this debatable poem.
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