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Pater the ClassicistClassical Scholarship, Reception, and Aestheticism$
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Charles Martindale, Stefano Evangelista, and Elizabeth Prettejohn

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198723417

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723417.001.0001

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Tibullus in Marius the Epicurean

Tibullus in Marius the Epicurean

or How to Read Pater’s Fiction

(p.103) 5 Tibullus in Marius the Epicurean
Pater the Classicist

Duncan Kennedy

Oxford University Press

Pater’s Marius the Epicurean offers a dense engagement with a number of classical texts, most of which date from the second century AD. To explore the ways in which the narrator of Marius uses such texts to fashion its protagonist’s ‘sensations and ideas’, this chapter concentrates on the author whose presence is most surprising, the elegist Tibullus who wrote in the late first century BC and whose work was largely ignored in Britain in Pater’s own time. Although explicit reference to Tibullus is confined to the opening chapter of Marius, a much broader range of Tibullan themes, formal strategies of exposition, and issues within the scholarship than has been hitherto recognized permeate the novel; the portrait offered by his contemporary Horace also contributes significantly.

Keywords:   use of classical texts, strategies of narrative exposition, literary and scholarly reception of Tibullus, Horace

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