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Author Peirano, Irene, 1979- author.
Title The rhetoric of the Roman fake : Latin pseudepigrapha in context / Irene Peirano.
Imprint Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2012, ©2012.
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Description x, 311 pages ; 24 cm
text rdacontent
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Summary "Previous scholarship on classical pseudepigrapha has generally aimed at proving issues of attribution and dating of individual works, with little or no attention paid to the texts as literary artefacts. Instead, this book looks at Latin fakes as sophisticated products of a literary culture in which collaborative practices of supplementation, recasting and role-play were the absolute cornerstones of rhetorical education and literary practice. Texts such as the Catalepton, the Consolatio ad Liviam and the Panegyricus Messallae thus illuminate the strategies whereby Imperial audiences received and interrogated canonical texts and are here explored as key moments in the Imperial reception of Augustan authors such as Virgil, Ovid and Tibullus. The study of the rhetoric of these creative supplements irreverently mingling truth and fiction reveals much not only about the neighbouring concepts of fiction, authenticity and reality, but also about the tacit assumptions by which the latter are employed in literary criticism"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Machine generated contents note: Introduction; 1. Literary fakes and their ancient reception; 2. Constructing the young Virgil: the Catalepton as pseudepigraphic literature; 3. Poets and patrons: Catalepton 9, the Panegyricus Messallae, the Laus Pisonis and the pseudo-panegyric; 4. Prefiguring Virgil: the Ciris; 5. Recreating the past: the Consolatio ad Liviam and Elegiae in Maecenatem; Epilogue. Towards a rhetoric of the Roman fake: the Helen episode in Aeneid 2.
Subject Literary forgeries and mystifications -- History -- To 1500.
Latin poetry -- History and criticism.
Authorship, Disputed.
Rhetoric, Ancient.
Virgil -- Spurious and doubtful works.
Tibullus -- Spurious and doubtful works.
Ovid, 43 B.C.-17 A.D. or 18 A.D. -- Spurious and doubtful works.
Appendix Vergiliana.
Messalla Corvinus, Marcus Valerius, 64 B.C-ca. 8 A.D. -- In literature.
Consolatio ad Liviam.
ISBN 9781107000735 (hardback)
1107000734 (hardback)
Research Call Number JFE 12-7368