Classical Literary Careers and their Reception

Classical Literary Careers and their Reception

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This is a wide-ranging collection of essays on ancient Roman literary careers and their reception in later European literature, with contributions by leading experts. Starting from the three major Roman models for constructing a literary career - Virgil (the rota Vergiliana), Horace and Ovid - the volume then looks at alternative and counter-models in antiquity: Propertius, Juvenal, Cicero and Pliny. A range of post-antique responses to the ancient patterns is examined, from Dante to Wordsworth, and including Petrarch, Shakespeare, Milton, Marvell, Dryden and Goethe. These chapters pose the question of the continuing relevance of ancient career models as ideas of authorship change over the centuries, leading to varying engagements and disengagements with classical literary careers. The volume also considers other ways of concluding or extending a literary career, such as bookburning and figurative metempsychosis.Although Eliota#39;s career shares the a#39;completea#39; pattern he has to grapple with the phenomenon when seen in his ... Eratosthenesa#39; soubriquet a#39;betaa#39; (a universal second-best across all fields of philosophical endeavour) is emblematic of this alternative career goal. ... of weighty inherited material characteristic of the work of Callimachus, and the grand aspirations of later a#39;completesa#39;.9 It is also the case that ... 8 The classic essay is a#39;Tradition and the Individual Talenta#39;, in Eliot 1932b: 3 a€“11.

Title:Classical Literary Careers and their Reception
Author: Philip Hardie, Helen Moore
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2010-10-14

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