Virgil: A Study in Civilized Poetry (Oklahoma Series in by Brooks Otis

By Brooks Otis

During this vintage examine, Brooks Otis provides Virgil as a significantly assorted poet from any of his Greek or Roman predecessors. Virgil molded the traditional epic culture to his personal Roman modern goals and succeeded in making legendary and mythical figures significant to a worldly, unmythical age. Otis starts off and ends his examine with the Aeneid and contains chapters at the Bucolics and the Georgics. a brand new foreword by means of Ward W. Briggs, Jr., locations Otis’s groundbreaking fulfillment within the context of previous and current Virgilian scholarship.

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This was the evident rift between the Greek and Roman worlds in the later empire. That this rift was not merely political or economic became more and more apparent to me as (largely in consequence of Paul Alexander's inspiration) I began to study the Latin and Greek Fathers of the fourth century. I began to see that the startling differences between Ambrose or Augustine and the Cappadocian Fathers were after all to be explained in much the same way as those between Greeks and Romans of the earlier and so-called 'classical' periods.

B. Wyss, Antimachi Colophonii Reliquiae (1936), esp. the Introduction. Page 11 either a single short poem (at longest an epos of four or five hundred lines, like his Hecale) or the discontinuous 'Hesiodic' epic. g. e. a collection of separate short poems, sometimes united by a narrative thread: in the first two books of his Aitia, for example, many of the separate episodes are told as 'answers' that the Muses give to the poet's questions about various puzzling customs or rites). 1 What all this implied about his conception of poetry and of the content of poetry is revealed in what he actually wrote.

Page xii ideal," and "familiar-ironical" were noted as well. Otis altered some of his views a decade after the book's publication. For example, "I would not now draw quite the distinction between the short poems of Callimachus or Theocritus and the long epic of Apollonius that I once did. "1 Golden ages say as much about what came before and after them as they say of themselves. 2 Otis may have been the last person able to write such a book. Though the bibliography was unwieldy even in the middle of this century, by its end the situation is almost impossible.

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