By Tony Woodman, Jonathan Powell

ISBN-10: 0521383072

ISBN-13: 9780521383073

The connection among the writer and his viewers has got a lot severe realization from students in non-classical disciplines but the character of a lot historical literature and of its 'publication' intended that audiences in precedent days have been extra quick to their authors than within the smooth global. This e-book includes essays via exotic students at the a number of skill through which Latin authors communicated successfully with their audiences. The authors and works lined are Cicero, Catullus, Lucretius, Propertius, Horace's Odes, Virgil's Aeneid, Ovid's Metamorphoses, Senecan tragedy, Persius, Pliny's letters, Tacitus' Annals and medieval love lyric. individuals have supplied certain analyses of specific passages so one can throw mild at the many alternative ways that authors catered for his or her audiences through pleasing, manipulating and thwarting their expectancies; and in an epilogue the editors have drawn jointly the problems raised by way of those contributions and feature tried to put them in a suitable serious context.

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Silk, similarly, has denied that the logical basis, or pretext, for a literary image is necessarily to be equated with the interest or ' point' of the image. As has been repeatedly demonstrated, this interest characteristically derives from the unlikeness as much as from the likeness; and indeed without a sufficient unlikeness, all' point' in the true sense tends to disappear... 21 Indeed, a great many of the similes of the Iliad ' derive their power', as Taplin puts it, ' from an actual contrast with the world of war which they are compared to...

Unus enim Xenophontis libellus in eo rege laudando facile omnis imagines omnium statuasque superauit. Atque hoc praestantius mihi fuerit et ad laetitiam animi et ad memoriae dignitatem si in tua scripta peruenero quam si in ceterorum quod non ingenium mihi solum suppeditatum fuerit tuum, sicut Timoleonti a Timaeo aut ab Herodoto Themistocli, sed etiam auctoritas clarissimi et spectatissimi uiri et in rei publicae maximis grauissimisque causis cogniti atque in primis probati, ut mihi non solum praeconium, quod, cum in Sigeum uenisset, Alexander ab Homero Achilli tributum esse dixit, sed etiam graue testimonium impertitum clari hominis magnique uideatur.

John Kerrigan's acute discussion of Shakespeare's use of comparison in the Sonnets takes as its starting-point the recognition that similitude depends on difference; for without difference there is identity, not similitude. ' Burns's 'love' was 'like a red, red rose' because in most respects she wasn't. 19 M. S. Silk, similarly, has denied that the logical basis, or pretext, for a literary image is necessarily to be equated with the interest or ' point' of the image. As has been repeatedly demonstrated, this interest characteristically derives from the unlikeness as much as from the likeness; and indeed without a sufficient unlikeness, all' point' in the true sense tends to disappear...

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