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Exemplary Traits: Reading Characterization in Roman Poetry

J. Mira Seo


How did Roman poets create character? This book frames this question through the cultural and intellectual horizons of Roman authors and audiences. By applying the philosophical, rhetorical, and cultural discourses of selfhood and exemplarity to the poetics of character, we can become more aware of characterization’s function in Roman poetry. Through a series of case studies, this book expands our awareness of characterization in Roman poetry both as a literary practice and as a discourse of the self. Individual character studies examine the dynamics of literary genealogy, Stoic hagiography, e ... More

Keywords: Roman poetry characterization, Stoicism, Roman rhetoric, exemplarity, intertextuality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199734283
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199734283.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

J. Mira Seo, author
Yale-NUS College, Singapore