Authorial surrogates in Grattius' Cynegetica

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Abstract / Description of output

This chapter shows how the stories of the inventors Dercylos and Hagnon are configured in such a way as to speak for the poet himself. By means of language which consistently emits a metapoetic charge, Grattius can be seen to use these obscure figures to explore his own (equally obscure) identity and role as teacher of hunting. Moreover, through conscious engagement with Lucretius and (especially) the figures of Aristaeus and Orpheus from the fourth book of Virgil’s Georgics, Grattius appears to speak through Dercylos and Hagnon to project a supremely confident praeceptor figure who executes his pedagogical mission with no misgivings
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGrattius
Subtitle of host publicationHunting an Augustan Poet
EditorsSteven Green
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)9780198789017
Publication statusPublished - 22 Mar 2018

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Grattius
  • Dercylos
  • Hagnon
  • metapoetic
  • Lucretius
  • Virgil
  • Georgics
  • teacher


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