By Philip Hardie

The institution of the Augustan regime offers itself because the statement of order and rationality within the political, ideological, and creative spheres, after the ailment and insanity of the civil wars of the overdue Republic. however the classical, Apollonian poetry of the Augustan interval is desirous about the irrational in either the private and non-private spheres. there's a vibrant reminiscence of the political and armed forces furor that destroyed the Republic, and in addition an
anxiety that furor could resurface, that the repressed may perhaps go back. Epic and elegy are either enthusiastic about erotic insanity: Dido reviews in her very public position the disabling results of affection which are either lamented and celebrated via the affection elegists. Didactic (especially the Georgics) and the similar Horatian
exercises in satire and epistle, supply programmes for developing rational order within the normal, political, and mental worlds, yet at most sensible comprise uneasily an ever-present risk of bewilderment and backsliding, and for the main half fall wanting the austere criteria of rational exposition set via Lucretius. Dionysus and the Dionysiac get pleasure from a prominence in Augustan poetry and paintings that is going well past the basically decorative. the individual of the emperor Augustus himself checks the bounds of
rational categorization.

Augustan Poetry and the Irrational comprises contributions by means of many of the prime specialists of the Augustan interval in addition to a couple of more youthful students. An advent which surveys the sphere as a complete is via chapters that research the manifestations of the irrational in a variety of Augustan poets, together with Virgil, Horace, Ovid, and the affection elegists, and likewise discover parts of post-classical reception.

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