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Ovid's FastiHistorical Readings at its Bimillennium$
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Geraldine Herbert-Brown

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780198154754

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198154754.001.0001

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Added Days: Calendrical Poetics and the Julio‐Claudian Holidays

Added Days: Calendrical Poetics and the Julio‐Claudian Holidays

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Ovid's Fasti

M. Pasco-Pranger

Oxford University Press

This chapter selects Fasti 1.461-722 as evidence for the impact of the calendrical structure both on the intentional placement of new holidays by the principes, and on historical reinterpretations of the meanings of these holidays. It argues that the new holidays, far from being fixed and so distinguishable from the flexible, exegetical situations in the older calendrical material, are, in a calendrical context, equally open to poetic connections, integration with the surrounding days, expansion, and revision. The new Julio-Claudian festivals, in other words, ‘make meaning’ beyond their prescribed commemorative function through a dynamic use of connections encouraged by the existing calendrical structure. Ovid’s poem on the one hand seems to follow the princeps’ guiding hand, but also demonstrates the impossibility of his fully controlling the meanings built by readers of the calendar.

Keywords:   Julio-Claudian festivals, integration, surrounding calendrical material, poetic connections

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