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Looking at the intersections between intertextuality and the appropriations of cultural memory, Goldschmidt considers the relationship between Rome's two great canonical epics. She focuses on how -- in the use of archaism, the presentation of landscape, embedded memories of the Punic Wars, and fragments of exempla -- Virgil's poem appropriates and re-writes the myths and memories which Ennius had enshrined in Roman epic. Goldschmidt argues that Virgil was not just a slicker "new poet," but constructed himself as an older "archaic poet" of the deepest memories of the Roman past, ultimately competing for the "shaggy crown" of Ennius.
Nora Goldschmidt is a Lecturer in Classics and Ancient History at Durham University.
Table of Contents
1. Reading Ennius in the First Century BC
2. 'Archaic' Poets
3. Sites of Rome
5. Epic Examples