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    DescriptionHow did Roman poets create character? Mythological figures entail their own predetermined plotlines and received characteristics: a soft, maternal Medea is as absurd as a spineless Achilles. For the Roman poets, the problem is even more acute since they follow on late in a highly developed literary tradition. The fictional characters that populate Roman literature, such as Aeneas and Oedipus, link text and reader in a form of communication that is different from a first person narrator to an addressee. Exemplary Traits examines how Roman poets used models dynamically to create character, and how their referential approach to character reveals them mobilizing the literary tradition. By tracing the philosophical and rhetorical concepts that underlie characterization as a literary technique, this study illuminates an underestimated aspect of this poetic technique and its relation to a larger intellectual context. Covering a range of authors from Vergil to Statius, J. Mira Seo places the poetics of character in a Roman intellectual environment.


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    Title
    Exemplary Traits
    Subtitle
    Reading Characterization in Roman Poetry
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) J. Mira Seo
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 240
    Width: 162 mm
    Height: 240 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 444 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780199734283
    ISBN 10: 0199734283
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
    BIC subject category V2: DSC
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: LIT
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2ADL
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    BIC subject category V2: DSBB
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ITALY
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    Libri: I-LC
    B&T General Subject: 431
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    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15540
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002020
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    BISAC V2.8: LIT014000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: LCO003000
    BIC subject category V2: 2ADL
    DC22: 871.0109, 871/.0109
    LC subject heading:
    DC23: 871.0109
    LC classification: PA6047 .S556 2013
    Thema V1.0: DNT, DSBB, DSC
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Publication date
    04 July 2013
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    J. Mira Seo is Associate Professor in the Humanities at Yale-NUS college.
    Review quote
    "In this theoretically informed study of Roman epic and tragedy, J. Mira Seo demonstrates how intertextuality both shapes and interrogates character. This is an important book whose compelling new readings of Virgil's Aeneid, Lucan's Bellum Civile, Statius' Thebaid, and Seneca's Oedipus and Phaedra invite reassessment of the Latin literary canon."--Carole E. Newlands, University of Colorado"In what ways, and by what techniques, is characterization constructed in Roman poetry? How might literary models influence character-construction through a process akin to intertextual allusivity? By exploring such questions, and through its detailed readings of Virgil, Lucan, Seneca and Statius, this study sheds important new light on a fascinating but understudied area of Roman poetic practice."--Gareth D. Williams, Columbia University
    Table of contents
    Abbreviations and Texts ; Introduction ; 1. We'll Always Have Paris: Aeneas and the Roman Legacy ; 2. Lucan's Cato and the Poetics of Exemplarity ; 3. Seneca's Oedipus: Characterization and Decorum ; 4. Parthenopaeus and Mors immatura in Statius' Thebaid ; 5. Amphiaraus, Predestined Prophet, Didactic Vates ; Conclusions ; Appendix: Seneca's Hippolytus and Fatal Attraction ; Bibliography ; Passages Cited ; Index