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The captor's image : Greek culture in Roman ecphrasis

Author: Basil Dufallo
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, ©2012.
Series: Classical culture and society.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"An influential view of ecphrasis--the literary description of art objects--chiefly treats it as a way for authors to write about their own texts without appearing to do so, and even insist upon the aesthetic dominance of the literary text over the visual image. However, when considering its use in ancient Roman literature, this interpretation proves insufficient. The Captor's Image argues for the need to see Roman  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Basil Dufallo
ISBN: 9780199735877 0199735875
OCLC Number: 793726548
Description: 279 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Greek culture in Roman ecphrasis --
Staging ecphrasis in early Latin literature : from Naevius to Plautus and Terence --
Becoming Ariadne : marveling at Peleus's coverlet with the inconsistent narrator of Catullus 64 --
The challenge of rustic art : ideals of order in Vergil, Eclogues 3 and Horace, Satires 1.8 --
Describing the divine : the ecphrastic temples of Vergil, Georgics 3.13-36 and Propertius, Elegies 2.31 --
Heroic objects : ecphrasis in the Aeneid and Metamorphoses --
Sex, satire, and the hybrid self in Petronian ecphrasis --
The patron's image : philhellenism, panegyric, and ecphrasis in statius and martial --
Epilogue: Captives and captors : Apuleius and Philostratus.
Series Title: Classical culture and society.
Responsibility: Basil Dufallo.

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The first book-length treatment of artistic ecphrasis in Roman literature, The Captor's Image challenges pervasive views to argue for it as a site of subtle, ongoing competition between Greek and  Read more...

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