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Campania in the Flavian Poetic Imagination

Antony Augoustakis and R. Joy Littlewood


The region of Campania with its fertility and volcanic landscape was greatly influential on the Roman cultural imagination. The Bay of Naples was a centre outside the city of Rome, a place of otium, leisure and quiet, repose and literary productivity. And yet this is also a place of danger: Vesuvius inspires the inhabitants with fear and awe and, in addition to the majestic presence of the mountain, the Phlegraean Fields evoke the story of the gigantomachy, whilst sulphurous lakes invite entry to the Underworld. For the Flavian writers, in particular, Campania becomes a locus for literary acti ... More

Keywords: Italy, Campania, Naples, Martial, Silius Italicus, Statius, Valerius Flaccus, Vesuvius, Flavian period

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198807742
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198807742.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Antony Augoustakis, editor
Professor and Head of Classics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

R. Joy Littlewood, editor
Independent scholar, based in Oxford

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