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Poetry and Roman technical writing: agriculture, architecture, tactics

  • Daniela Dueck
From the journal Klio


This paper studies the ways in which poetic citations were incorporated in Roman technical works, and specifically in compositions dealing with agriculture, architecture and tactics. The questions asked are: Which kinds of poems are cited? What is the frequency of their use? What is the role of these citations within their new context? The theme is particularly intriguing in relation to technical writing because by definition their focus was accurate information and pointed instruction while poetry was characterized by linguistic elaboration and emotional pathos. The reunion of these two literary genres – the technical and the poetic – is therefore the focus of the present discussion.

Published Online: 2011-12-02
Published in Print: 2011-12

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