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G. O. Hutchinson

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199279418

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199279418.001.0001

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The New Posidippus and Latin Poetry

The New Posidippus and Latin Poetry

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This piece was the first to relate the new book of Posidippus' epigrams to Latin poetry. It discusses the nature of the collection, which arranges epigrams in groups with titles. Connections with Latin poetry are investigated: specific allusions, thematic networks, problems of intertextuality with Hellenistic poetry. The relation of elegy to epigram is then discussed; Latin elegy uses its small relative both to separate itself from epic and to mark its own ambitions. Latin poets turn elegy into love-elegy, and then aspire to go further. The structure of Posidippus and the Fasti can be compared and contrasted.

Keywords:   Posidippus, elegy, love-elegy, epigram, intertextuality, titles

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