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Title Walking through Elysium : Vergil's underworld and the poetics of tradition / edited by Bill Gladhill and Micah Young Myers
Published Toronto ; Buffalo ; London : University of Toronto Press, [2020]
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Series Phoenix supplementary volumes ; 59
Phoenix. Supplementary volume ; 59.
Contents Cover -- Series Page -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Contents -- Acknowledgments -- Contributors -- Introduction -- 1 Into the Woods (Via Cuma 320, Bacoli) -- 2 A Walk in Vergil's Footsteps: Statius on the Via Domitiana -- 3 In the Sibyl's Cave: Vergilian Prophecy and Mary Shelley's Last Man -- 4 Exploring the Forests of Antiquity: The Golden Bough and Early Modern Spirituality -- 5 Aeneas' Steps -- 6 Vergil's Underworld and the Afterlife of Lovers and Love Poets -- 7 Vergilian Underworlds in Ovid -- 8 Mortem aliquid ultra est: Vergil's Underworld in Senecan Tragedy
9 Servius on Sinners and Punishments in Vergil's Underworld -- 10 Paradise and Performance in Vergil's Underworld and Horace's Carmen Saeculare -- 11 Why Isn't Homer in Vergil's Underworld? -- and Other Notable Absences -- 12 The Silence of Aeneid 6 in Augustine's Confessions -- 13 Spiritualism as Textual Practice -- Works Cited -- Index
Summary "Walking through Elysium stresses the subtle and intricate ways writers across time and space wove Vergil's underworld in Aeneid 6 into their works. These allusions operate on many levels, from the literary and political to the religious and spiritual. Aeneid 6 reshaped prior philosophical, religious, and poetic traditions of underworld descents, while offering a universalizing account of the spiritual that could accommodate prior as well as emerging religious and philosophical systems. Vergil's underworld became an archetype, a model flexible enough to be employed across genres, and periods, and among differing cultural and religious contexts. The essays in this volume speak to Vergil's incorporation of and influence on literary representations of underworlds, souls, afterlives, prophecies, journeys, and spaces, from sacred and profane to wild and civilized, tracing the impact of Vergil's underworld on authors such as Ovid, Seneca, Statius, Augustine, and Shelley, from Pagan and Christian traditions through Romantic and Spiritualist readings. Walking through Elysium asserts the deep and lasting influence of Vergil's underworld from the moment of its publication to the present day."-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on May 18, 2020)
Subject Virgil -- Influence
Virgil -- Themes, motives
Virgil. Aeneis. Liber 6
Aeneis (Virgil)
Voyages to the otherworld in literature.
Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.)
LITERARY CRITICISM / Ancient & Classical
Themes, motives.
Voyages to the otherworld in literature.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Form Electronic book
Author Gladhill, Bill, editor.
Myers, Micah Young, 1979- editor.
ISBN 1487532644