The relationship between the author and his audience has received much critical attention from scholars in non-classical disciplines yet the nature of much ancient literature and of its 'publication' meant that audiences in ancient times were more immediate to their authors than in the modern world. This book contains essays by distinguished scholars on the various means by which Latin authors communicated effectively with their audiences. The authors and works covered are Cicero, Catullus, Lucretius, Propertius, Horace's Odes, Virgil's Aeneid, Ovid's Metamorphoses, Senecan tragedy, Persius, Pliny's letters, Tacitus' Annals and medieval love lyric. Contributors have provided detailed analyses of particular passages in order to throw light on the many different ways in which authors catered for their audiences by fulfilling, manipulating and thwarting their expectations; and in an epilogue the editors have drawn together the issues raised by these contributions and have attempted to place them in an appropriate critical context.
Table of Contents
1. The orator and the reader: manipulation and
response in Cicero's Fifth Verrine R. G. M.
2. Stratagems of vanity: Cicero, Ad familiares
5.12 and Pliny's letters Niall Rudd
3. 'Shall I compare thee ...?' Catullus 68B and
the limits of analogy D. C. Feeney
4. Atoms and elephants: Lucretius 2.522-40 T.
5. In memoriam galli: Propertius 1.21 Ian M. Le
6. The power of implication: Horace's
invitation to Maecenas (Odes 1.20) Francis
7. The voice of Virgil: the pageant of Rome in
Aeneid 6 G. P. Goold
8. From Orpheus to ass's ears: Ovid,
Metamorphoses 10.1-11.193 D. E. Hill
9. Poet and audience in Senecan tragedy:
Phaedra 358-430 Gordon Williams
10. Persius' first satire: a re-examination J.
G. F. Powell
11. Nero's alien capital: Tacitus as
paradoxographer (Annals 15.36-7) Tony Woodman
12. Amor clericalis P. G. Walsh