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The Poetics of Latin Didactic
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The Poetics of Latin Didactic: Lucretius, Vergil, Ovid, Manilius

Katharina Volk


This book examines the genre of ancient didactic poetry, focusing in particular on the Latin authors Lucretius, Vergil, Ovid, and Manilius. Greek and Latin literature abounds in didactic poetry — poems that undertake to teach a field of knowledge or practical skill — but already, the ancients found it difficult to gain a theoretical understanding of this genre, and modern readers often perceive didactic texts as dry and overly technical. The book proposes a new theoretical approach to this elusive poetic type, identifying the following four defining criteria for didactic poetry: poetic intent, ... More

Keywords: didactic poetry, Latin literature, Lucretius, Manilius, Ovid, poetics, Vergil

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199245505
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199245505.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Katharina Volk, author
Assistant Professor of Classics, Columbia University
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