By Sander M. Goldberg
How the Romans got here to have a literature reflecting local and international impulses, and the way it shaped a legacy for next generations became vital questions within the cultural background of the Republic. This e-book explores the improvement of Roman literary sensibility from early curiosity in epic and drama, via invention of satire and eventual enshrining of books in public collections vital to Horace and Ovid. The "early" literature is obvious to be a product much less of the mid-Republic, while poetic texts started to movement, than of the overdue Republic, once they have been systematically accumulated and canonized.
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On the right doorpost of his shop was a large picture of a meticulously patrician Aeneas in high-laced boots and cuirass leading Anchises and Ascanius out from Troy, and opposite it was a similarly dressed Romulus, with the first spolia opima on his left shoulder. These paintings were not original creations: they recall the statues of Aeneas and Romulus that faced each other from two large exedrae in the Forum of Augustus at Rome. 1 Yet Fabius’ grandeur also set him up for a tease. 2 That joke at the expense of Fabius’ pretensions is an equally nice reminder of how deeply the Aeneid rooted itself in the Roman consciousness and became inseparable in the Roman 1 2 The fullonica of Fabius is Reg.
Intertextualism), Fowler 1997: 24–27. The comparison of Ennius and Lucretius, from the word lists of Merrill 1918 to the analysis of Gigon 1978, too often takes a narrowly lexical approach. For the complexity 33 Constructing Literature in the Roman Republic this case, it is not just Ennius in general but a particular story from the Annales that is being recalled, the story of Ilia. According to the early poets – Livy would later change the canonical story by following an alternative tradition – Ilia was the daughter of Aeneas and the mother of Romulus and Remus.
7–8: Cicero visits Lucullus’ villa to consult a volume in its extensive library and finds Cato there surrounded by Stoic books. This is the clear implication of Lucil. 401–10W, Var. Men. 398. Sandbach 1940: 75– 77, making this point about poemata, observes, “There is no reason why one or more 38 The Muse Arrives been a sufficient excerpt, however, to evoke discussion and pleasure as they consider its content and style, compare it to another work of similar intent, and voice their delight at its combination of talent and skill.
Constructing Literature in the Roman Republic: Poetry and Its Reception by Sander M. Goldberg