A Commentary on Book 4 of Valerius Flaccus’ Argonautica by Paul Murgatroyd

By Paul Murgatroyd

This quantity contains an advent, the textual content of booklet four of Valerius Flaccus' Argonautica, remark, bibliography and index. besides the fact that, it isn't a regular philological remark. even though it comprises textual feedback (but purely the place that means and appreciation are considerably affected) and clarification of experience and references (a important foundation for severe analysis), certainly there's literary appreciation of Valerius' fourth publication, which will help to result in a revaluation of this principally overlooked and unfortunately underestimated writer. The e-book indicators readers to big features of Valerius' hugely highbrow poetry, comparable to wit, humor, splendor, aspect, subtlety, narrative ability, and artistic engagement with forerunners, particularly Apollonius of Rhodes and Virgil.

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Ff. (when Jason seems about to give her up to the pursuing Colchians), certainly by his abandonment of her for a new wife in Corinth (cf. ). ).  ff.. The mood really lightens here, as Hercules’ suffering is ended, and there is a progression from harshness to gentleness. For the epic topos commentary  of people or creatures being put to sleep cf. Homer Il. , Od. , Virg. Aen. , Ovid Met. , Sil. It. , Stat. Theb.  ff.  ff. It looks as if VF is neatly ringing the changes on the Iliad passages (in which Zeus himself is put to sleep), esp.

Idem Amyci certe viso timor omnibus antro. perculerat, stetimus tamen et deus adfuit ausis. ’ haec ubi fatus, corripit abiecti remumque locumque Phaleri et trahit; insequitur flammata pudore iuventus. unda laborantes praeceps rotat ac fuga ponti obvia, miscentur rupes iamque aequore toto Cyaneae iuga praecipites inlisa remittunt. bis fragor infestas cautes adversaque saxis saxa dedit, flamma expresso bis fulsit in imbri. sicut multifidus ruptis e nubibus horror           argonauticon liber quartus effugit et tenebras nimbosque intermicat ignis terrificique ruunt tonitrus elisaque noctem lux dirimit (pavor ora virum, pavor occupat aures), haud secus implevit pontum fragor; effluit imber spumeus et magno puppem procul aequore vestit.

Virg. Aen.  ff. v. somnium, Bömer on Ovid Met. , Morford  ff. and (on dreams in VF) Eigler-Lefèvre  ff. There is enlivening novelty in VF’s variously functional handling of this topos. This is the first time that Hylas appears in such an epic vision, which is itself a brand-new detail in the Hylas story, and the first time that Hercules finds out what happened to his squire. The dream also facilitates an unexpected reappearance of Hylas in the narrative and gives him a larger and more important role than hitherto, developing his character and providing a much fuller insight into his feelings (especially his affection for his lord, even after deification).

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