Reading Rivers in Roman Literature and Culture

Reading Rivers in Roman Literature and Culture

This study examines rivers as a literary phenomenon, particularly in the poetry of Vergil. It first considers the Greco-Roman understanding of the river in its primary symbolic roles, cosmological, ritual and ethnographical, and then analyzes the river as a literary device, arguing that descriptions of rivers in Roman poetry are, in many cases, a form of authorial comment on the progress or structure of a narrative.

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Publisher: Lexington Books (September 07, 2005)

Collection: Roman Studies: Interdisciplinary Approaches

Parent ISBN: 9780739111086

Page count: 142 pages

Language: English


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