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G. O. Hutchinson

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199279418

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199279418.001.0001

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Structuring Instruction: Didactic Poetry and Didactic Prose *

Structuring Instruction: Didactic Poetry and Didactic Prose *

(p.228) 10 Structuring Instruction: Didactic Poetry and Didactic Prose*
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Latin didactic poems commonly have several books, unlike Hellenistic didactic poems. The details of beginning and ending show a significant relation with the books of Hellenistic and Republican prose treatises: Latin didactic does not simply transmute prose but evokes its intellectual structuring and division. Lucretius, Virgil's Georgics, Ovid's Ars Amatoria and Remedia Amoris, and Manilius are looked at in turn; there are implications for Ovid's design. The final myth of Georgics 4 is related to Cicero, De Re Publica; antithetical poetic books are related to antithetical books of Latin prose. Clarity and brevity are goals in Lucretius and in prose. Didactic prose as well as poetry is seen to have stylistic range and structural enterprise: dialogue in Varro illustrates.

Keywords:   didactic, prose treatises, Lucretius, Virgil, Ovid, Manilius, Georgics, Ars Amatoria, Remedia Amoris, dialogue

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