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Virgil Recomposed: The Mythological and Secular Centos in Antiquity

Scott McGill

Abstract

The Virgilian centos, in which authors reconnect discrete lines taken from Virgil's Eclogues, Georgics, and Aeneid to create new poems, are some of the most striking texts to survive from antiquity. This book examines the twelve mythological and secular examples, which probably date from c.200-c.530. While verbal games, the centos deserve to be taken seriously for what they disclose about Virgil's reception, late-antique literary culture, and other important historical and theoretical topics in literary criticism. As radically intertextual works, the centos are particularly valuable sites for ... More

Keywords: Eclogues, Georgics, Aeneid, intertextuality, allusion, genre, reception theory, literary games

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195175646
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195175646.001.0001

Authors

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Scott McGill, author
Rice University
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