Olybrius and the Einsiedeln Eclogues

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Two ancient pastoral poems were published by Hermann Hagen in 1869 from a
manuscript at Einsiedeln and were soon dated to the reign of Nero. In this study, I
show that these poems are related to the Bucolicon Olybrii listed in a library catalogue
of Murbach from around 850, and demonstrate on internal and external grounds that
the poems were likely composed around the end of the fourth century by Anicius
Hermogenianus Olybrius, the consul of 395. This attribution enhances our
understanding of the literary culture of the age of Claudian and contributes to the ongoing debate on the extent and import of Neronian literature.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)288-321
JournalThe Journal of Roman Studies (JRS)
Early online date2 Jul 2015
Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2015


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