Grattius: Hunting an Augustan Poet

ISBN : 9780198789017

Steven J. Green
304 ページ
138 x 216 mm

Grattius' Cynegetica is the author's only surviving work and can confidently be dated to the Augustan period, yet in comparison to his literary contemporaries Grattius is seldom read and remains almost completely unappreciated in classical and literary scholarship. This volume is the first book-length study of the poet and aims to make his work accessible to a wide audience, reveal its relevance for the tradition of didactic poetry and the study of other Augustan poetry and culture, and provide an impetus for future discussions.


Frontmatter; List of Contributors; Introduction; Text and Translation; Roman Didactic and Epic Interactions; 1 Giulia Fanti: Grattius' Cynegetica: A Protean Poem at the Heart of the Roman Didactic Tradition; 2 Monica R. Gale: 'te sociam, Ratio . . .': Hunting as Paradigm in the Cynegetica; 3 Boris Kayachev: Hunt as War and War as Hunt: Grattius' Cynegetica and Virgil's Aeneid; 4 Christina Tsaknaki: Ars Venandi: The Art of Hunting in Grattius' Cynegetica and Ovid's Ars Amatoria; Hunting and the World; 5 G. O. Hutchinson: Motion in Grattius; 6 Steven J. Green: Grattius and Augustus: Hunting for an Emperor; Mythical Hunters; 7 Lisa Whitlatch: The Conditions of Poetic Immortality: Epicurus, Daphnis, and Hagnon; 8 Donncha O Rourke: Authorial Surrogates in Grattius' Cynegetica; Grattius in the Early Modern Period; 9 Victoria Moul: Hunting with Hounds in Neo-Latin: The Reception of Grattius from Fracastoro to Vaniere; 10 Mike Waters: Hunting and the Seventeenth-Century English Gentleman: Christopher Wase's Translation of Grattius' Cynegeticon (1654); Appendix: Slaves, Poetry, and the Case against Transposition of Verses 61-74; Endmatter; Bibliography; Index


Steven J. Green is Senior Lecturer in Humanities at Yale-NUS College Singapore and an Honorary Research Fellow at University College London. He specializes in Roman literature and culture of the first centuries BCE and CE and his major publications have so far focused around Ovid, Manilius, Roman didactic poetry, the interaction between Roman literature and religious experience, and the reception of the classical world in twenty-first-century Hollywood film. His latest monograph is Disclosure and Discretion in Roman Astrology: Manilius and his Augustan Contemporaries (OUP, 2014).