Calpurnius Siculus in the Flavian poets

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    This contribution has two aims. The first is to systematically refute E. Courtney’s argumentation that Calpurnius Siculus imitated the Flavian poets (and Juvenal) rather than the other way around. The second, enabled by the first, is to undertake a first exploration of the reception of Calpurnius by the Flavian poets. It turns out that much revolves around the bucolic genre, which all the poets treat as constituted by both Virgil and Calpurnius. Statius and Silius understandably focus on the relation with epic, whereas Martial is mostly concerned with the poetics of a ‘small’ genre and with the need for patronage. Calpurnius’ Neronian panegyric, however, is scarcely used for panegyric of Domitian, either by Martial or by Statius in the Silvae.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationFlavian Responses to Nero's Rome
    EditorsMark Heerink, Esther Meijer
    Place of PublicationAmsterdam
    PublisherAmsterdam University Press
    Number of pages35
    ISBN (Electronic)9789048553570
    ISBN (Print)9789463723756
    Publication statusPublished - 24-Aug-2022


    • Calpurnius Siculus
    • Silius Italicus
    • Statius
    • Martial
    • literary imitation
    • pastoral

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