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In Poetic Autonomy in Ancient Rome, Luke Roman offers a major new approach to the study of ancient Roman poetry. A key term in the modern interpretation of art and literature, "aesthetic autonomy" refers to the idea that the work of art belongs to a realm of its own, separate from ordinary activities and detached from quotidian interests. While scholars have often insisted that aesthetic autonomy is an exclusively modern concept and cannot be applied to other historical periods, the book argues that poets in ancient Rome employed a "rhetoric of autonomy" to define their position within Roman society and establish the distinctive value of their work.

This study of the Roman rhetoric of poetic autonomy includes an examination of poetic self-representation in first-person genres from the late republic to the early empire. Looking closely at the works of Lucilius, Catullus, Propertius, Horace, Virgil, Tibullus, Ovid, Statius, Martial, and Juvenal, Poetic Autonomy in Ancient Rome affords fresh insight into ancient literary texts and reinvigorates the dialogue between ancient and modern aesthetics.

About the Author

Luke Roman is currently Associate Professor of Classics at Memorial University. His main area of research is Latin literature, and topics of interest include poetry in first-person genres, literary autonomy, literary representations of the city of Rome, the materiality of books and writing, Roman concepts of literature and literariness, and post-classical reception of Roman literature.

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Introduction: Autonomy Ancient and Modern

1. Lucilius, Catullus, and Cicero's Consulatus Suus: First-person poetry and the autonomist turn

2. Autarky, withdrawal, confinement: the autonomist niche in early Augustan poetry (ca. 39 BC-25 BC)

3. Augustan Poetry (ca. 25 BC-AD 17): the expansion of autonomy

4. Materialities of Use and Subordination: the challenge of the autonomist legacy

Conclusion: poetry and other games



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Roman, Luke
Oxford University Press, USA
Ancient - Rome
Classical Studies | Literary Criticism
World History-Ancient Near East
Ancient, Classical & Medieval
Literary Criticism : General
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6.3 x 9.1 x 1.1 in 1.65 lb

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History and Social Science » World History » Ancient Near East
History and Social Science » World History » General
Humanities » Literary Criticism » General

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