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Carminis Personae – Character in Roman Poetry


Edited By Maria Grazia Iodice and Mariusz Zagorski

This volume contains a collection of papers by an international team of scholars covering the subject of literary character in Roman poetry. The list of authors discussed in the book includes the most prominent poets of Augustan and Imperial period like Horace, Vergil, Propertius, Ovid, Lucan and an epigrammatist of the 6 th century A.D., Maximianus Etruscus. Problems treated vary from theoretical through poetical to historical questions. Different points of view presented in the book give a deep insight into modern discussion on both theory and practice of literary character in ancient Roman literary tradition.
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The present volume contains papers delivered during the conference “Carminis personae – Character in Latin Poetry”, which took place in Warsaw in 2009 and gathered European scholars, who met to discuss some aspects of both character and persona in different genres of Latin poetry. The book contains fifteen articles beginning with Paolo Fedeli’s analysis of poetical tribute paid to Pindar by Horace in his Ode 4.2. In the following chapter Barbara Milewska-Waźbińska examines the appearance of Cornelius Gallus as a character in Propertius and Virgil. Jakub Pigoń gives an analysis of Camilla and Asbyte, female warriors in the Aeneid and the Punica. Theodora Chrysostomou’s paper on self-interpretation of the poet by Tibullus opens the part concerned with elegy. It is followed by Krzysztof Rzepkowski’s analysis of the figure of lena (bawd) in Roman elegy as a reminiscence of old Roman comedy. Dialogical nature of some elegiac poems and the idea of fatherhood in Ovid’s Metamorphoses are the matter of the papers by the editors of this volume. Elżbieta Wesołowska concentrates on the personages of Ariadne and Medea in Roman elegy. Another part of the book contains some articles discussing Ovid’s exile poetry. Aldo Luisi takes a look on the representation of Livia and Nicoletta Francesca Berrino interprets the figure of inscius Actaeon from Tristia 2.105, finally Krzysztof Tomasz Witczak presents his discovery: an acrostic encoding a name in the Ibis. Next four papers are devoted to poetry of the imperial period. Antonio Marchetta writes about...

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