The Poetics of Latin Didactic (inbunden)
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The Poetics of Latin Didactic (inbunden)

The Poetics of Latin Didactic

Lucretius, Vergil, Ovid, Manilius

Inbunden Engelska, 2002-06-01
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This is a study of ancient didactic poetry, a type of literature which uses verse as the medium for teaching theoretical knowledge or practical skills. Volk combines a general discussion of didactic poetry as a genre in Greek and Latin literature with detailed interpretations of four famous Latin didactic poems by Lucretius, Vergil, Ovid, and Manilius.
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JACT Review ... graduates and under-graduates who are working in this area would certainly gain from Volk's synthesis of ideas and clear exposition.

Greece & Rome Katharina Volk's The Poetics of Latin Didactic is the product of a superior mind steeped in the literature, both ancient and modern, relevant to her subject. Her analyses of her four didactic poets, Lucretius, Vergil, Ovid, Manilius, are clearly and elegantly written, persuasive, and sympathetic, revealing a dry but attractive sense of humour. It is hard to imagine any set of preconceptions that would prevent readers from finding their appreciation and
understanding of Roman didactic poetry enhanced by this work.

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Katharina Volk is Assistant Professor in the Department of Classics, Bucknell University


1. Tell me, Muse: characteristics of the self-conscious poem; 2. Improbable art: the theory and practice of ancient didactic poetry; 3. The teacher's truth: Lucretius' De rerum natura; 4. The poet's choice: Vergil's Georgics; 5. The poem's success: Ovid's Ars amatoria and Remedia amoris; 6. The song of the stars: Manilius' Astronomica; Conclusion