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G. O. Hutchinson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199670703

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199670703.001.0001

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Hexameters: History and Internal Mixture

Hexameters: History and Internal Mixture

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(p.323) 14 Hexameters: History and Internal Mixture
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Greek to Latin
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G. O. Hutchinson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199670703.003.0015

A chronology shows differences in times of appearance for the hexameter genres, and in the extent to which authors work across genres and super-genres. It is mistaken to think of Greek models being abandoned after Augustus. Silius shows extensive use of Greek poetry; Lucan's degree of transformation sometimes makes connections less certain. Virgil's use of Homeric phrases differs from those of his predecessors and successors; the latter interact with him and his use. Mixture of genre within hexameter is important; even oracle and hexameter epigram are hexameter genres. Narrative and didactic have didactic and narrative insets, and entangle the Greek models for both. Lucan's play with didactic can bring in play on Homeric scholarship (Latin poetry uses learning in collaboration with the reader). Mixture with other super-genres assists the interplay within hexameters, as Statius and others show.

Keywords:   Silius, Lucan, Virgil, Homeric phrases, mixture of genre, oracle, epigrams, Homeric scholarship, Statius

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