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Epic and Empire in Vespasianic Rome: A New Reading of Valerius Flaccus' Argonautica

Tim Stover


This book offers a new reading of Valerius Flaccus' Argonautica, a poem which is here dated to Vespasian's regime (70–79 ce). Its primary purpose is to show that Valerius' epic reflects the restorative ideals of Vespasianic Rome, a thesis that sets it apart from the largely ‘pessimistic’ readings of other scholars. An important element of Valerius' poetics of recovery is an engagement with Lucan's iconoclastic Bellum Civile, a poem whose deconstructive tendencies offered Valerius a poetic point of departure for his attempt to renew the epic genre in the context of the political renewal trigger ... More

Keywords: Argonautica, civil war, Vespasian, epic poetry, historicism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199644087
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199644087.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tim Stover, author
Assistant Professor, Florida State University