By Boris Kayachev
The Ciris has acquired a certain quantity of scholarly cognizance in the course of the 20th century, yet in most cases has didn't meet with an sufficient appreciation. This ebook goals to vindicate the Ciris, mostly by means of exploring its use of pre-Virgilian poetic texts mostly overlooked in earlier scholarship.
The center of the e-book comprises a discursive literary remark, divided into chapters that study consecutively the poem's major narrative devices. Viewing allusion and allegory as intrinsic good points of poetic composition instead of mere inventive units, the ebook explores, between extra trendy intertexts, Apollonius' Argonautica and Callimachus' Hecale, Lucretius and Catullus sixty four. Allusions also are instructed to Homer and Empedocles, Theocritus, Moschus, and Bion, Nicander and Euphorion, Choerilus of Samos and Asius of Samos, Ennius and Cicero. via its complicated net of references to poetic intertexts, the Ciris, it truly is argued, creates an implicit allegorical trend with an unique poetological message.
Allusion and Allegory is hence the 1st book-length examine to supply a coherent literary interpretation of this debatable poem.
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