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Virgil RecomposedThe Mythological and Secular Centos in Antiquity$
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Scott McGill

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195175646

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195175646.001.0001

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Playing with Poetry

Playing with Poetry

Writing and Reading the Virgilian Centos

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(p.1) 1 Playing with Poetry
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Virgil Recomposed
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Scott McGill (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195175646.003.0001

This chapter provides an overview of how authors created the Virgilian centos and explores topics in the texts' reception, with an emphasis on the issues they raise related to allusion. The examination for the most part uses the 4th-century CE Ausonius' poetics of the cento as its basis. Subjects include how the poems serve as language games; the role of mnemotechnics in their composition; and the different ways audience members can read the works allusively, i.e., against their Virgilian subtexts.

Keywords:   Ausonius, poetics, language games, mnemotechnics, intertextuality, allusion

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