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Clio and the poets

Augustan poetry and the traditions of ancient historiography

Clio and the poets by D.S. Levene
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The Augustan age was one in which writers were constantly reworking the Roman past, and which was marked by a profound engagement of poets with the historians and historical techniques which were the main vehicle for the transmission of the image of the past to their day.

In this book 17 leading scholars from Europe and America examine the fascinating interaction between such apparently diverse genres: how the Augustan poets drew on - or reacted against - the historians' presentation of the world, and how, conversely, historians picked up and transformed poetic themes for their own ends. With essays on poems from Horace's Odes to Ovid's "Metamorphoses", on authors from Virgil to Valerius Maximus, it forms the most comprehensive examination yet of this central topic of this most central of literary periods.

BRILL; January 2002
416 pages; ISBN 9789047400493
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Title: Clio and the poets
Author: D.S. Levene; D.P. Nelis