Pre-Modern Mediterranean with Stephen Harrison

Friday, February 23, 2018 at 2:00pm to 4:00pm

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Social Sciences Building (SOS), 250
3502 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089

"An Issue of Genre and Form in Roman Literature: Expanded Epigram in Horace and Propertius"

Both Horatian lyric and Propertian elegy are medium-length forms which fall between the characteristic brevity of epigram and longer forms such as hexameter genres and drama. Expansion of the short form of epigram is thus a natural strategy for both poets, especially as both evidently share the Augustan penchant for ‘generic enrichment’ in which existing poetic genres are enlarged and enriched through the experimental use of elements which obviously belong to other genres. Here I consider some examples from the two poets, and the various strategies by which epigram material is inserted into their longer poetic forms.

Stephen Harrison is Fellow and Tutor in Classics at Corpus Christi College, Oxford and Professor of Latin Literature in the University of Oxford. He is author and/or editor of many books and articles on Latin literature and its reception, most recently a commentary on Horace Odes 2 (CUP) and Victorian Horace: Classics and Class (Bloomsbury), both 2017. He is currently Visiting Professor at Stanford University.

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