Allegorical exegesis of Homer, narrative suspense and meta-poetry in Virgil’s Story of Aristaeus (Georg. 4.315-558)
Keywords:intertextuality, literary criticism, ancient poetry
The intertextual function of four Homeric passages which lie behind the finale of Vergil's Georgics (Il. 1 and 18, Od. 4 and 8) can be defined in terms of moralising exegesis in the line of Ecl. 2, Hor. Epist. 1,2, and with Plutarch, De aud. poet. 19f-20a as a later parallel. The Song of Clymene (Georg. 4,345-7), which has conventionally been linked with cosmological allegoresis of Homer, reelaborates the Homeric technique of foreshadowing; in the new generic context, however, this conventional technique of narrative poetry acquires a strong tendency towards philosophical didacticism.
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