CART

(0) items

Exemplary Traits Reading Characterization in Roman Poetry,9780199734283
This item qualifies for
FREE SHIPPING!
FREE SHIPPING OVER $59!

Your order must be $59 or more, you must select US Postal Service Shipping as your shipping preference, and the "Group my items into as few shipments as possible" option when you place your order.

Bulk sales, PO's, Marketplace Items, eBooks, Apparel, and DVDs not included.

Exemplary Traits Reading Characterization in Roman Poetry

by
ISBN13:

9780199734283

ISBN10:
0199734283
Format:
Hardcover
Pub. Date:
6/3/2013
Publisher(s):
Oxford University Press
List Price: $83.20

Buy New Textbook

Usually Ships in 3-5 Business Days
$81.12

Rent Textbook

We're Sorry
Sold Out

Used Textbook

We're Sorry
Sold Out

eTextbook

We're Sorry
Not Available

More New and Used
from Private Sellers
Starting at $33.00

Questions About This Book?

What version or edition is this?
This is the edition with a publication date of 6/3/2013.
What is included with this book?
  • The New copy of this book will include any supplemental materials advertised. Please check the title of the book to determine if it should include any CDs, lab manuals, study guides, etc.

Summary

How did Roman poets create character? The mythological figures that dot the landscape of Roman poetry entail their own predetermined plotlines and received characteristics: the idea of a gentle, maternal Medea is as absurd as a spineless and weak Achilles. For Roman poets, the problem is even more acute since they follow on late in a highly developed literary tradition. The fictional characters that populate Roman literature, such as Aeneas and Oedipus, link text and reader in a form of communication that is strikingly different from a first person narrator to an addressee. With Exemplary Traits, Mira Seo addresses this often overlooked question. Her study offers an examination of how Roman poets used models dynamically to create character, and how their referential approach to character reveals them mobilizing the literary tradition. Close readings of Virgil, Lucan, Seneca, and Statius offer a more nuanced discussion of the expectations of both authors and audiences in the Roman world than those currently available in scholarly debate. By tracing the philosophical and rhetorical concepts that underlie the function of characterization, Exemplary Traits allows for a timely reconsideration of it as a fruitful literary technique.

Author Biography


J. Mira Seo is Associate Professor in the Humanities at Yale-NUS college.

Table of Contents


Abbreviations and Texts
Introduction
1. We'll Always Have Paris: Aeneas and the Roman Legacy
2. Lucan's Cato and the Poetics of Exemplarity
3. Seneca's Oedipus: Characterization and Decorum
4. Parthenopaeus and Mors immatura in Statius' Thebaid
5. Amphiaraus, Predestined Prophet, Didactic Vates
Conclusions
Appendix: Seneca's Hippolytus and Fatal Attraction
Bibliography
Passages Cited
Index


Please wait while the item is added to your cart...