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Wordplay and Powerplay in Latin Poetry

Ed. by Mitsis, Phillip / Ziogas, Ioannis

Series:Trends in Classics - Supplementary Volumes 36

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    July 2016
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    Aims and Scope

    The political allegiances of major Roman poets have been notoriously difficult to pin down, in part because they often shift the onus of political interpretation from themselves to their readers. By the same token, it is often difficult to assess their authorial powerplays in the etymologies, puns, anagrams, telestichs, and acronyms that feature prominently in their poetry. It is the premise of this volume that the contexts of composition, performance, and reception play a critical role in constructing poetic voices as either politically favorable or dissenting, and however much the individual scholars in this volume disagree among themselves, their readings try to do justice collectively to poetry’s power to shape political realities. The book is aimed not only at scholars of Roman poetry, politics, and philosophy, but also at those working in later literary and political traditions influenced by Rome's greatest poets.


    vi, 452 pages
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    Authorial construction; Roman poetry; reception
    All those interested in Roman poetry, politics, and philosophy, literary scholars in general.

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    Phillip Mitsis, NYUAD, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; Ioannis Ziogas, Durham University, UK.


    "The papers are uniformly excellent and reveal many ways in which the authors covered engaged in various sorts of literary subterfuge. [...] ‘Wordplay and Powerplay in Latin Poetry’ succeeds in demonstrating multiple manifestations of the anxiety experienced by poets from the time of Augustus to Domitian, when it was deemed critical to mask identities and intentions by way of self-conscious and learned ‘play’. The collection is an eloquent tribute to Professor Ahl."
    James J. Clauss in: Gnomon 4/90/2018: 309-313

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