Petronius the Poet: Verse and Literary Tradition in the Satyricon

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 15, 1998 - History - 166 pages
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The ancient novel, previously relegated to the margins of literary study, has recently taken its place at centre stage. Petronius' Satyricon, the oldest surviving work of prose fiction, is in many respects an arrestingly modern ancient novel but the inclusion within it of thirty short poems and two long ones introduces an alien feature in need of investigation. In this study, Catherine Connors draws on recent developments in Latin literary criticism to take a comprehensive approach to the Satyricon's poems, reminiscences of poetic texts, and the figure of the poet, assessing the ways in which they fragment and refashion established literary forms into a new amalgam of prose fiction.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Refashioning the epic past
20
context and continuity in the short poems
50
repetition and reenactment in the Troiae Halosis
84
4 The Bellum Civile
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