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Symposium Cumanum 2017: Vergil and Elegy - 27-28-29-30/06/2017, Cuma (Italy)


In the nearly thirty years since the appearance of Conte’s Rhetoric of Imitation, questions of intertexuality and intergeneric interactions have continued to be a prominent feature of classical scholarship, and Vergilian studies in particular (especially Hinds’ Allusion and Intertext, Depew and Obbink’s Matrices of Genre, and Stephen Harrison’s Generic Enrichment in Vergil and Horace). Hellenistic poetry catalyzed generic mixing, creating a new aesthetic that influenced even the earliest Roman poetry. But the elegiac revolution at Rome during Vergil’s lifetime was more than a function of literary connoisseurism; it responded to the Roman political and cultural revolution. Vergil’s poetry reveals a deep recognition of the innovative and dynamic contemporary shift that elegy represents. Vergil’s engagements with elegy circumscribe this revolution, as his own work became recircumscribed by elegiac poets, both in the Augustan period and in later traditions. For example, the elegiac component of Vergil’s poetics is a central, albeit largely neglected, facet of his late Medieval and early modern Nachleben.

This conference seeks reassessments of the relationship between Vergil and elegy: from Vergil’s reception of Greek and Roman antecedents, to the role of Latin love elegy in Vergil’s works, as well as elegiac responses to Vergilian poetics from antiquity to the present.

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 27-28-29-30/06/2017

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Villa Vergiliana, Cuma (Italy)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Micah Myers (Kenyon College); Alison Keith (University of Toronto)

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