Allegorical exegesis of Homer, narrative suspense and meta-poetry in Virgil’s Story of Aristaeus (Georg. 4.315-558)


  • Marko Marinčič University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts



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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15. 07. 2003



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Marinčič, Marko. 2003. “Allegorical Exegesis of Homer, Narrative Suspense and Meta-Poetry in Virgil’s Story of Aristaeus (Georg. 4.315-558)”. Keria: Studia Latina Et Graeca 5 (1): 23-50.