Commentary on Book Four of Valerius Flaccus' Argonautica

Author: Paul Murgatroyd

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 900417561X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 363

View: 1960

This volume consists of an introduction, the text of book 4 of Valerius Flaccus' "Argonautica," commentary, bibliography and index. However, it is not a standard philological commentary. Although it contains textual criticism (but only where meaning and appreciation are substantially affected) and explanation of sense and references (a vital basis for critical analysis), above all there is literary appreciation of Valerius' fourth book, which should help to bring about a revaluation of this largely neglected and sadly underestimated author. The book alerts readers to important aspects of Valerius' highly intellectual poetry, such as wit, humor, elegance, point, subtlety, narrative skill, and creative engagement with forerunners, especially Apollonius of Rhodes and Virgil.

Valerius Flaccus' Argonautica

Author: Debra Hershkowitz

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198150985

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 301

View: 4907

Valerius Flaccus' unfinished and unjustly neglected epic, recounting the Argonauts' quest for the Golden Fleece and the early stages of the love affair of Jason and Medea, has been relegated to the outer fringes of classical scholarship for many years. No full-length study devoted to the Argonautica has been published in English for over 100 years. This book seeks to redress the balance. The author aims to provide readers who have not yet encountered Valerius Flaccus' work with a generalintroduction to this multi-faceted epic poem. At the same time Hershkowitz offers those already familiar with the Argonautica an in-depth re-evaluation of the work, contextualizing it within both an historical and a literary framework, and focusing in particular on its intertextual relationship with Apollonius' Argonautica and Virgil's Aeneid. Using Valerius' epic as a test-case, Dr. Hershkowitz hopes to challenge many of the critical assumptions about the nature of Silver Latin literature.

Valerius Flaccus' Argonautica, Book 1

Edited with Introduction, Translation, and Commentary

Author: Gaius Valerius Flaccus,Andrew Zissos

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199219494

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 450

View: 4632

It discusses, inter alia, the limited evidence for Valerius' life; the main features of his often difficult poetic language; the handling of the Argonautic myth in literature prior to Valerius; his innovative treatment of the inherited material; and his self-positioning within the broader literary tradition, particularly his sophisticated adaptation of formal and thematic elements from his two principal poetic models, Apollonius Rhodius' Argonautica and Virgil's Aeneid. While the commentary is written for readers with some competence in Latin, the introduction, and the facing English translation, are thoroughly accessible to non-Latinate readers with an interest in Roman literature and in the ancient epic tradition."--BOOK JACKET.

Valerius Flaccus' Argonautica, Book 1 : Edited with Introduction, Translation, and Commentary

Edited with Introduction, Translation, and Commentary

Author: Andrew Zissos

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191527494

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 520

View: 9432

A text (with apparatus criticus), translation, and commentary, with introduction, of the first book of Valerius Flaccus' Argonautica, an unfinished Roman epic extending to eight books and several thousand lines, written in the Flavian period (69-96 CE). The commentary addresses both textual and semantic matters and broader questions of stylistics, poetics, thematics, and cultural context. Particularly close attention is paid to Valerius' choice of diction, his sophisticated use of figures and tropes, his often sly erudition, the recurring and strategic resort to subtle intertextual gestures, and, where appropriate, the reception of his work in later authors. The substantial introduction provides an overview of the poet and his poem.

Valerius Flaccus: Argonautica

Author: Valerius Flaccus

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1316381048

Category: History

Page: N.A

View: 5556

Valerius Flaccus' Argonautica is one of the most significant surviving works of Flavian epic, which has recently become much more popular as a field of study and teaching in Latin literature. This is the first commentary in English directly tailored to the needs of graduate and advanced undergraduate students. It provides an introduction to the major themes of the poem and the structure and content of Book III in particular which can function as an overview of the key features of Flavian epic. The detailed commentary on Book III discusses linguistic issues, intertextual and mythical allusions and thematic strands. The book consists of two major episodes in the adventures of Jason and the Argonauts which can be read together or independently of each other.

Valerius Flaccus, Argonautica, Book V

A Commentary

Author: Henri J. W. Wijsman

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004105065

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 322

View: 1874

The book contains a commentary on Book V of the "Argonautica" of Valerius Flaccus, paying attention to linguistic, philological and literary aspects. Line by line the words and phrases chosen, sources used and literary models are treated. The last commentary on all eight books of the "Argonautica" appeared a century ago (Langen 1896), so there is ample room to apply new views in Latin linguistics and concepts of literature. A small number of textual variants is supported.

Valerius Flaccus’ dramatische Erzähltechnik

Author: Christoph Sauer

Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht

ISBN: 3647252964

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

View: 7405

Der flavische Epiker Valerius Flaccus hat in der Forschung der letzten Jahrzehnte eine bemerkenswerte Beachtung gefunden. Gegenstand der vorliegenden Untersuchung ist die Frage nach dem grundlegenden Charakter seiner Kompositions- und Erzähltechnik. Valerius entpuppt sich als ein dramatischer Erzähler in der Nachfolge Vergils. Ausgangspunkt ist eine Analyse des ersten Buchs und der Cyzicus-Episode der Argonautica. Es lässt sich, nicht zuletzt im direkten Vergleich mit den entsprechenden Partien aus dem Epos des Apollonios Rhodios, nachweisen, wie sehr Valerius daran gelegen ist, eine konzentrierte, folgerichtig auf ein Ziel hin laufende, spannungsreiche, aber zugleich in sich geschlossenen und damit einheitliche Handlung zu schaffen.

The Voyage of the Argo

The Argonautica of Gaius Valerius Flaccus

Author: Gaius Valerius Flaccus,David R. Slavitt

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 9780801861789

Category: History

Page: 165

View: 8327

The story of Jason and the Argonauts and their quest for the Golden Fleece is one of the oldest and most familiar tales in classical literature. Apollonius of Rhodes wrote the best-known version, in Greek, in the third century B.C.E. The Latin poet Gaius Valerius Flaccus began his own interpretation of the story in the first century of the Christian era, but he died before completing it. With The Voyage of the "Argo," the acclaimed poet and translator David Slavitt recovers for modern readers the only surviving work of this little-known writer. The result is an engaging rendition of Jason's adventures, of particular interest when compared to the Greek version of the story. While Apollonius' tale offers a subtle psychological study of Medea, Valerius Flaccus' achievement is to present Jason as a more complete and compelling heroic figure. Slavitt, for one, enjoyed the rediscovery immensely—and he invites his readers to do the same. "I am content to let my rendition into English speak for Valerius, but for those whom I imagine standing in an aisle of a library or bookstore, trying to decide, I can offer some reassurance. This piece is playful, unpredictable, oddly contrarian, sometimes almost mannerist. Valerius' description in book 8 of Medea's putting the serpent to sleep so Jason can filch the fleece involves a gesture no other Latin poet I know would have thought to try—a brief moment in Medea's head when she allows herself to feel sorry for the snake... It is this kind of droll surprise that drew me to undertake the translation of a work that is not, I freely confess, well known."—David Slavitt