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Author Peirano, Irene, 1979- author

Title The rhetoric of the Roman fake : Latin pseudepigrapha in context / Irene Peirano
Published Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2012
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Contents Introduction -- 1. Literary fakes and their ancient reception -- 2. Constructing the young Virgil: the Catalepton as pseudepigraphic literature -- 3. Poets and patrons: Catalepton 9, the Panegyricus Messallae, the Laus Pisonis and the pseudo-panegyric -- 4. Prefiguring Virgil: the Ciris -- 5. Recreating the past: the Consolatio ad Liviam and Elegiae in Maecenatem -- Epilogue. Towards a rhetoric of the Roman fake: the Helen episode in Aeneid 2
Summary "Previous scholarship on classical pseudepigrapha has generally aimed at proving issues of attribution and dating of individual works, with little or no attention paid to the texts as literary artefacts. Instead, this book looks at Latin fakes as sophisticated products of a literary culture in which collaborative practices of supplementation, recasting and role-play were the absolute cornerstones of rhetorical education and literary practice. Texts such as the Catalepton, the Consolatio ad Liviam and the Panegyricus Messallae thus illuminate the strategies whereby Imperial audiences received and interrogated canonical texts and are here explored as key moments in the Imperial reception of Augustan authors such as Virgil, Ovid and Tibullus. The study of the rhetoric of these creative supplements irreverently mingling truth and fiction reveals much not only about the neighbouring concepts of fiction, authenticity and reality, but also about the tacit assumptions by which the latter are employed in literary criticism"-- Provided by publisher
In-depth analysis of Roman literary fakes offering new insights into the creative dynamics of spurious literature
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-289) and indexes
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Subject Ovid, 43 B.C.-17 A.D. or 18 A.D. -- Spurious and doubtful works.
Tibullus -- Spurious and doubtful works.
Virgil -- Spurious and doubtful works.
Messalla Corvinus, Marcus Valerius, 64 B.C.-approximately 8 A.D. -- In literature.
Appendix Vergiliana.
Consolatio ad Liviam.
Authorship, Disputed.
Latin poetry -- History and criticism.
Literary forgeries and mystifications -- History -- To 1500.
Rhetoric, Ancient.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Spurious and doubtful works.
Form Electronic book
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