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Author Stover, Tim

Title Epic and empire in Vespasianic Rome : a new reading of Valerius Flaccus' Argonautica / by Tim Stover
Published Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2012


Description 1 online resource (272 pages)
Contents The date of the Argonauta -- The innauguration of the 'argonautic moment' -- The sea storm and political allegory -- Gigantomachy and civil war in Cyzicus -- The Vespasianic vates -- Recuperating the hero: Madea and the issue of Jason's virtus
Summary Epic and Empire in Vespasianic Rome offers a new interpretation of Valerius Flaccus' Argonautica, a Latin epic poem written during the reign of the emperor Vespasian (70-79 AD). Recounting the famous voyage of Jason and the Argonauts as they set off to retrieve the Golden Fleece, the poem depicts a narrative of high epic adventure. In this volume, Stover shows how Flaccus' epic reflects the restorative ideals of Vespasianic Rome, which attempted to restore orderfollowing the destructive civil war of 68-69 AD. This proposition sets it apart from the largely 'pessimistic' readings of other scholars. An important element of Flaccus' poetics of recovery is an engagement with Lucan's iconoclastic Bellum Civile. This poem's deconstructive tendencies offered Flaccus a poetic point of departure for his attempt to renew the epic genre in the context of political renewal triggered by Vespasian's accession to power. Stover's approach is thus both formalist and historicist as he seeks not only to elucidate Flaccus' dynamic appropriation of Lucan, but also to associate theArgonautica's formal gestures within a specific socio-political context
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Valerius Flaccus, Gaius, active 1st century. Argonautica.
Valerius Flaccus, Gaius, active 1st century -- Knowledge -- Literature
Lucan, 39-65. Pharsalia.
Vespasian, Emperor of Rome, 9-79 -- Influence
Jason (Mythological character) -- In literature
Jason (Mythological character)
Valerius Flaccus, Gaius, active 1st century
Vespasian, Emperor of Rome, 9-79
SUBJECT Argonautica (Valerius Flaccus, Gaius) fast
Pharsalia (Lucan) fast
Subject Epic poetry, Latin -- History and criticism
Politics and literature -- Rome
Politics in literature.
HISTORY -- Ancient -- Rome.
Epic poetry, Latin
Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.)
Politics and literature
Politics in literature
Rome (Empire)
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780191626319