Reading Rivers in Roman Literature and Culture

Reading Rivers in Roman Literature and Culture

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This study examines rivers as a literary phenomenon, particularly in the poetry of Vergil. It first considers the Greco-Roman understanding of the river in its primary symbolic roles, cosmological, ritual and ethnographical, and then analyzes the river as a literary device, arguing that descriptions of rivers in Roman poetry are, in many cases, a form of authorial comment on the progress or structure of a narrative.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 142 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.1 x 12.7mm | 90.72g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0739112406
  • 9780739112403
  • 2,219,882

About Prudence J. Jones

Prudence J. Jones is Assistant Professor of Humanities and the Classics at Montclair State University
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Table of contents

Chapter 1 Cosmology Chapter 2 Ritual Chapter 3 Ethnography Chapter 4 The River That Talks: Rivers and Poetic Speech Chapter 5 Round Rivers: Okeanos and Bounded Narrative Chapter 6 Agmen Aquarum: River Catalogues Chapter 7 Up the Creek: Upstream Voyages and Narrative Structure Chapter 8 Overflow: The Reception of River Motifs
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