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By Constance Hieatt

ISBN-10: 0553213474

ISBN-13: 9780553213478

Special and gorgeous, Beowulf brings to existence a society of violence and honor, fierce warriors and bloody battles, lethal monsters and recognized swords. Written through an unknown poet in in regards to the 8th century, this masterpiece of Anglo-Saxton literature transforms legends, delusion, heritage, and old songs into the richly coloured story of the hero Beowulf, the loathsome man-eater Grendel, his vengeful water-hag mom, and a treasure-hoarding dragon. The earliest surviving epic poem in any glossy ecu language. Beowulf is a stirring portrait of a heroic world–somber, massive, and luxurious.

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855 – 859). It is also the land from which flashed forth the seeds of war (Luc. 400 – 401); cf. P. Davis 2010, 6 – 7. To commence with this word is a deliberately ominous choice; to juxtapose it to the notion of Vespasian as Muse, itself as we have seen an echo of Lucan, simply reinforces the point. v. 10a.  Cf. Hershkowitz 1998b, 106. The situation has a clear resonance with that between Domitian and Agricola as Tacitus represents it (e. g. Tac. Agr. 41– 42). On tyrants in the Argonautica see esp.

The main detrimental effects on Silius Italicus studies of a too exclusive adherence to the ‘Flavian poet’ approach are typical of historicist interpretation in general. The very word ‘Flavian’ itself, of course, means we start off with a term that collapses into one the separate issues of date and political allegiance. As is typically the consequence of historicist methodologies, such an approach can make the poem less meaningful, more irrelevant and less likely to be read. It is not so much an opening up of historical meaning as a denial of the work’s transhistorical significance and value.

He turned writing epic into a lifestyle, an act of religious homage to Virgil,²⁹ a mechanism for independence. Pliny’s famous criticism of the poem as more fastidious than inspired (maiore cura quam ingenio, Ep. 5) pointedly draws attention to the excessive time spent by the author in composing and revising. It is, in the end, more a political criticism than a literary one. 5 depicts Silius’ writing of epic as sacra (‘rites’) in honour of Virgil (Maronis). John Penwill Imperial encomia in Flavian epic Passages purporting to compliment or eulogise the Flavian dynasts are found in all four of the surviving epics that were produced under their rule.

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