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The Song of Orpheus in the Argonautica and the Theogonic Library of Apollonius: Marco Antonio Santamaria
MARCO ANTONIO SANTAMARÍA
The Song of Orpheus in the Argonautica and the Theogonic Library of Apollonius
Imitation and aesthetic appreciation in Hellenistic poetry
On a scholarly and artistic level, Alexandrine poets establish a complex, double-edged relation with previous authors that is of both antiquarian and aesthetic interest. Accordingly, certain rarities found in the works of ancient authors, or a particularly successful scene or expression, can result in imitation. In the latter case, the location of passages that have served as models for Hellenic poets may indicate a special appreciation on their part1. Using imitation as homage amounts to a subtle technique of literary criticism, demonstrating that certain passages or characteristics of a given author are considered a model and an example to be followed. In the case of Apollonius Rhodius, the song of Orpheus in the first book of the Argonautica – a veritable poem within the poem – stands out due to its abundant references to ancient authors of theogonies and cosmogonies. A study of the complex network of allusions and imitations developed by this poet will be useful not only to clarify the sources he used, but above all to observe his aesthetic appreciation of these precedents as models and therefore to determine his literary ideal. ← 115 | 116 →
The Song of Orpheus in the Argonautica by Apollonius
Apollonius tells in 1, 475–494 that on the eve of the journey to Colchis, the Argonauts met on the ship Argo....
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