Word and Context in Latin Poetry: Studies in Memory of David West [Hardback]

A. J. Woodman (Editor); J. Wisse (Editor)

ISBN: 9780956838155 | Published by: Cambridge Philological Society | Series: Proceedings of the Cambridge Philological Society Supplementary Volume | Volume: 40 | Year of Publication: 2017 | Language: English 182p, H210 x W148 (mm) 1 b&w

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Word and Context in Latin Poetry


This volume of essays is intended to commemorate the eminent Latin scholar David West, best known for his work on Lucretius, Horace, Virgil and Shakespeare. The contributors – Francis Cairns, Ian Du Quesnay, Bruce Gibson, Alex Hardie, Stephen Harrison, John Moles and Tony Woodman – have aimed to produce close readings of classical texts, paying due attention to historical context and literary tradition in the manner adopted by David West himself. The authors covered are Empedocles, Antisthenes, Callimachus, Lutatius Catulus, Catullus, Horace (Epodes and Odes), Propertius, Virgil (Aeneid), Dio Chrysostom and Hildebert of Lavardin.

Table of Contents

1. Epigrams by Lutatius Catulus (fr. 1) and Callimachus (AP 12.73 = 4 HE) - Francis Cairns.   
2. Contextualising Catullus: a re-examination of 66.1-14 - Ian M. Le M. Du Quesnay.   
3 Vinous voices: Horace’s ninth Epode - Tony Woodman.   
4. The formation of an Augustan elegist: Empedocles and Propertius’ ‘Monobiblos’ - Alex Hardie.   
5. Horace’s Hymn to Bacchus (Odes 2.19): politics and poetics - Stephen Harrison.   
6. Romane, memento: Antisthenes, Dio and Virgil on the education of the strong - John Moles.   
7. Hildebert of Lavardin and the idea of ruin - Bruce Gibson.

Reviews & Quotes

"West’s legacy is here both commemorated and continued—indeed some of the essays read as if they had been written by West himself. The range of discussion is wide, from Lutatius Catulus to Hildebert of Lavardin, and the quality of the analysis is incisive and perceptive. "
John Godwin
Bryn Mawr Classical Review (13/06/2018)

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