By Philip Hardie

The institution of the Augustan regime provides itself because the statement of order and rationality within the political, ideological, and creative spheres, after the affliction and insanity of the civil wars of the past due Republic. however the classical, Apollonian poetry of the Augustan interval is fascinated about the irrational in either the private and non-private spheres. there's a bright reminiscence of the political and armed forces furor that destroyed the Republic, and in addition an
anxiety that furor may possibly resurface, that the repressed might go back. Epic and elegy are either captivated with erotic insanity: Dido reports in her very public position the disabling results of affection which are either lamented and celebrated through the affection elegists. Didactic (especially the Georgics) and the comparable Horatian
exercises in satire and epistle, supply programmes for developing rational order within the normal, political, and mental worlds, yet at top comprise uneasily an ever-present hazard of misunderstanding and backsliding, and for the main half fall in need of the austere criteria of rational exposition set by means of Lucretius. Dionysus and the Dionysiac get pleasure from a prominence in Augustan poetry and artwork that is going way past the only decorative. the individual of the emperor Augustus himself assessments the boundaries of
rational categorization.

Augustan Poetry and the Irrational comprises contributions through a few of the major specialists of the Augustan interval in addition to a couple of more youthful students. An advent which surveys the sphere as an entire is by way of chapters that research the manifestations of the irrational in various Augustan poets, together with Virgil, Horace, Ovid, and the affection elegists, and likewise discover parts of post-classical reception.

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