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CLIO AND THE POETS
MNEMOSYNE BIBLIOTHECA GLASSICA BATAVA
H. PINKSTER • H. W. PLEKET -C.J. RUIJGH
D.M. SCHENKEVELD • PH. SCHRIJVERS
BIBLIOTHECAE FASCICULOS EDENDOS CURAVIT
C.J. RUIJGH, KLASSIEK SEMINARIUM, OUDE TURFMARKT 129, AMSTERDAM
SUPPLEMENTUM DUCENTESIMUM VICESIMUM QUARTUM
D.S. LEVENE & D.P. NELIS (EDS.)
CLIO AND THE POETS
CLIO AND THE POETS AUGUSTAN POETRY AND THE TRADITIONS
OF ANCIENT HISTORIOGRAPHY
D.S. LEVENE AND D.P. NELIS
BRILL LEIDEN • BOSTON • KOLN
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Introduction ix D. S. Levene & D. P. Mis
1. Clio exclusa 1 C. J. Classen
2. Propertius the Historian (3.3.1-12)? 25 Francis Cairns
3. Actium and Teutoburg: Augustan Victory and Defeat in Vergil and Tacitus 45 V. E. Pagan
4. Stepping Out of the Ring: Repetition and Sacrifice in the Boxing Match in Aeneid 5 61 Andrew Feldherr
5. Archaism and Historicism in Horace's Odes 81 Ellen 0'Gorman
6. Ab inferis: Historiography in Horace's Odes 103 Cynthia Damon
7. Vergil's Italy: Ethnography and Politics in First-century Rome 123 Clifford Ando
8. Roman Archaeology in Vergil's Arcadia (Vergil Eclogue 4; Aeneid 8; Livy 1.7) 143 Marko Marincic
9. Ovid's Metamorphoses and Universal History 163 Stephen M. Wheeler
10. The Historian in Ovid. The Roman History of Metamorphoses 14-15 191 Philip Hardie
11. The Alban Kings in the Metamorphoses: an Ovidian Catalogue and its Historiographical Models 211 Stratis Kyriakidis
12. The Fall of Troy: Between Tradition and Genre 231 Andreola Rossi
13. Epic Encounters? Ancient Historical Battle Narratives and the Epic Tradition 253 Rhiannon Ash
14. The Structure of Livy's First Pentad and the Augustan Poetry Book 275 Ann Vasaly
15. A Varronian Vatic Numa?: Ovid's Fasti and Plutarch's Life of Numa 291 Molly Pasco-Pranger
16. The Extinction of the Potitii and the Sacred History of Augustan Rome 313 Hans-Friedrich Mueller
17. History, Poetry, and Annales 331 T. P. Wiseman
Index of passages discussed 381
General Index 388
List of Contributors 395
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(1914), vol. 2 (1906). IG Inscriptiones Graecae (1873-). ILLRP A. Degrassi, Inscriptiones Latinae Liberae Rei Republicae, vol. 1,
2nd ed. (1965), 2 (1963). ILS H. Dessau, Inscriptiones Latinae Selectae (1892—1916) LJMC Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae (1981—) MRR T. S. R. Broughton. The Magistrates of the Roman Republic
(1951-2) OCD S. Hornblower and A. Spawforth, Oxford Classical Dictionary,
3rd edition (1996). ORF H. Malcovati, Oratorum Romanorum Fragmenta, 2nd ed. (1955),
4th ed. (1967). RE A. Pauly, G. Wissowa, W. Kroll, Real-Encydopcidie der klas-
sischen Altertumswissenschaft (1893—). RG P. A. Brunt and J. M. Moore, Res Gestae Divi Augusti (1967) Roman Statutes ed. M. Crawford, Roman Statutes (1996) TLL Thesaurus Linguae Latinae (1900-)
Otherwise, abbreviations generally follow the conventions established by Liddell and Scott, Greek-Engish Lexicon, The Oxford Latin Dictionary and L'Annee philologique.
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D. S. Levene & D. P. Nelis
The original versions of the essays in this book were given at a con- ference with the title 'Augustan Poetry and the Traditions of Ancient Historiography', which took place at the University of Durham on 31 August-3 September 1999. The brief given to the participants was that papers should illustrate 'the ways in which Augustan poetry, in all its dense social and textual engagement, interacts with the tra- ditions of ancient historiography'. This interaction could take a variety of forms: not only direct influences on poets by historians, but also poetic influences on historiography, and wider examinations of themes and techniques that intersect the two genres in Augustan literature.
This book covers the whole of that range. Of course, the interests of the individual scholars has led to greater emphasis being placed in some areas than in others. This is most obvious if one looks at the authors and texts concentrated on. Virgil (and especially the Aeneid] and Ovid (and especially the Metamorphoses) understandably form the most popular areas of discussion; there is much less (for example) on Tibullus. But the aim of the book overall is to present a wide-ranging general examination of authors, themes and approaches to the topic.
Likewise, the perspectives that these essays bring to the question are very different from one another, and there are significant diver- gences of approach. Some of them are precise examinations of rel- atively short texts; others are much more broadly focused. Some are rooted closely in a strong historicism; others explicitly or implicitly challenge a purely historicist methodology. Some argue for direct causal links between poetry and historiography (in either direction); others look to broader parallelisms; still others directly argue against significant relationships between the genres. It follows from this that the book as a whole does not and cannot present clear and unequiv- ocal answers to the questions about the relationship between poetic and historical genres in the Augustan age. Rather it should be read as a complex and evolving contribution to a complex and evolving debate: as something that sets challenges and opens up arguments rather than decisively closing them down.
X D. S. LEVENE & D. P. NELIS
Many of the readers of this book will doubtless be looking into it in order to read particular essays in their particular area of interest, ignoring all those essays which do not appear to touch directly on their current work. That choice is of course the reader's privilege, although one may regret the structures of scholarship and study that have increasingly pushed scholars into specialisation and students into a narrow focus on particular topics. But we have edited and arranged this book in the hope that some people at least will read it through as a whole, and so engage fully with the complexity of debate and argument that it represents. The order of the essays is therefore deliberate and designed to that end: to highlight connections and bring out the developing threads of discussion and debate between the different essays. The main purpose of this introduction is to set out explicitly something of the rationale for our decisions, and so indicate one way in which this discussion and debate might be read.
C. J. Classen's essay stands first (Chapter One): it surveys the full range of Augustan poets, and so establishes the general field upon which the arguments will be fought out. The more important reason for its position is that Classen's conclusions present from the start a sceptical challenge that every other essay in the book has to meet. He argues for the actual influence of historiography on poetry being all but non-existent: that while the poets sometimes may treat his- torical topics., they do not do so in a distinctively historiographical way. This distinction between content and form, and its relationship to the question of genre, is in all its manifestations at the heart of the entire book, though the other essays often reach very different conclusions.
What Classen argued across the entire genre, Francis Cairns then examines for a single poem (Chapter Two). His close reading of Propertius 3.3 looks at two aspects of Propertius' presentation of past events — his lack of chronological order and his apparently anachro- nistic account of Ennius' Annales — that have puzzled commentators and led them to propose emendation. Both alleged problems, he argues, stem from a tacit assumption that poetry will in its presen- tation of the past mirror the approach of historiography. This, he suggests, is not so. In poetry, unlike historiography, we should not expect chronology to lie at the centre of the presentation, nor should we demand clear identifi