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Inconsistency in Roman Epic: Studies in Catullus, Lucretius, Vergil, Ovid and Lucan (James J O'Hara) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2007) 9780521641395
Inconsistency in Roman Epic: Studies in Catullus, Lucretius, Vergil, Ovid and Lucan (James J O'Hara) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2007) 9780521641395
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Title: Inconsistency in Roman Epic: Studies in Catullus, Lucretius, Vergil, Ovid and Lucan

Author: O'Hara, James J

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2007

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780521641395

Volumes: 1; Pages: 180

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How should we react as readers and as critics when two passages in a literary work contradict one another? Classicists once assumed that all inconsistencies in ancient texts needed to be amended, explained away, or lamented. Building on recent work on both Greek and Roman authors, this book explores the possibility of interpreting inconsistencies in Roman epic. After a chapter surveying Greek background material including Homer, tragedy, Plato and the Alexandrians, five chapters argue that comparative study of the literary use of inconsistencies can shed light on major problems in Catullus' Peleus and Thetis, Lucretius' De Rerum Natura, Vergil's Aeneid, Ovid's Metamorphoses, and Lucan's Bellum Civile. Not all inconsistencies can or should be interpreted thematically, but numerous details in these poems, and some ancient and modern theorists, suggest that we can be better readers if we consider how inconsistencies may be functioning in Greek and Roman texts.ContentsIntroduction1. Greek versions2. Catullus 64: variants and the virtues of heroes3. Death, inconsistency and the Epicurean poet4. Voices, variants and inconsistency in the Aeneid5. Inconsistency and authority in Ovid's Metamorphoses6. Postscript: Lucan's Bellum Civile and the inconsistent Roman epic
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