MIDDLES IN LATIN POETRY
edited by Stratis Kyriakidis and Francesco De Martino, ottobre 2004,
pp. 429, €
The middle of a work had its importance for the arts and literature
of the ancient world. In Latin literature, modelled on the works of
the Archaic, Classical and Hellenistic period of Greek litearture, the
middle gains prominence as the literary locus where the dynamics of a
work converge, or organise and/or reorganise themselves and where too,
tensions are resolved or (re)formed. The middle of a poetic work
becomes the conspicuous place where personal poetics resonate and the
authorial presence is often evident. A turning point in this
development is Ovid's Metamorphoses, in which, in a variety of
ways, the poet deliberately subverts any metaliterary and authorial
value the middle might have, as a means of indicating ceaseless and
perpetual flux. The poets who follow either accentuate or undermine
the function of this literary locus in their works. Whether projected
or understated, the middle as a structural and literary feature
retains its importance in the history of Latin literarture from
Lucretius to Silius Italicus.
This volume is dedicated to the memory of Don Fowler,
a scholar who enthusiastically embraced the efforts embodied in this
present work, and who, with his insight, was able to see the
significance of 'the middle' for the writing as well as the reading of a
of Contributors - 1. Stratis Kyriakidis and Francesco De Martino,
Introduction - 2. Philip Hardie, Don Fowler and Middles - 3.
Stratis Kyriakidis, Middles in Lucretius'DRN: The poet and his work
- 4. Michael Paschalis, Middles in Catullus 64: The pivotal vestis
- 5. Stephen Harrison, Lyric Middles: The Turn at centre in Horaces'
Odes - 6. Robert Maltby, The wheel of Fortune, Nemesis and the
central Poems of Tibullus I and II - 7. Richard Thomas, "Stuck in
the Middle with You": Virgilian Middles - 8. Philip Hardie,
Ovidian Middles - 9. Charles Tesoriero, The Middle of Lucan -
10. Niklas Holzberg, Illud Quod Medium Est: Middles in Martial -
12. Charles McNelis, Middle-March: Statius' Thebaid 7 and the
Beginning of Battle Narrative - 13. Andrew Zissos, Terminal
Middle: the Argonautica of Valerius Flaccus - 14. Ben Tipping,
Middling Epic?: Silius Italicus' Punica - 15. Francesco De Martino,
In itinere - Bibliography - Index nominum et rerum - Index
In copertina: Jacket illustration: The centre, detail
from Lo scudo di Achille. Per un bronzo di Alessandro Romano.
Scorpione editrice, 1991, Martina Franca (Taranto).