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Writing, Performance, and Authority in Augustan Rome

Michele Lowrie

Abstract

This book examines how the Romans conceived of their poetic media. Song has links to the divine through prophecy, while writing offers a more quotidian, but also a more realistic way of presenting what a poet does. In a culture of highly polished book production where recitation was the fashion, to claim to sing or to write was one means of self-definition. This book examines the stakes of literary claims to one medium or another. Generic definition is an important factor. Epic and lyric have traditional associations with song, while the literary epistle is obviously written. But issues of int ... More

Keywords: Augustan literature, poetic media, cultural setting, self-definition, law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199545674
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199545674.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michele Lowrie, author
Professor of Classics, University of Chicago
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