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Gianpiero Rosati will give the lecture 'An authorized desertion. Ovid’s model in Statius’ silva 1.2' in the Amsterdam Classics Seminar

Detail Summary
Date 28 March 2019
Time 17:00
Location P.C. Hoofthuis
Amsterdam School of Historical Studies / Stacius
Publius Papinius Statius, Michel Wolgemut (studio), 1493


The silva 1.2 is an epithalamium addressed by Statius to his friend Arruntius Stella, an elegiac poet, in celebration of his marriage to Violentilla. But this text is also, in my view, a sort of allegory, a meta-poetic discourse on the history of the Latin erotic elegy, and the completion of its parabola. In this perspective, a section of Statius’ text, the speech of Cupid to his mother Venus in support of Stella’s marriage choice (vv. 65-102), has an important poetic model that has until now oddly escaped the attention of scholars. This specific (anything but unique) link between Statius and Ovid sheds light on some important analogies between the two poets.

About the speaker

Gianpiero Rosati is Professor of Latin literature at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa. His main research areas are Augustan poetry (in particular Ovid and elegy), Latin narrative prose (Petronius, Apuleius), and imperial literature of the first century. In recent years he has mainly studied the poetry and culture of the Flavian age (Statius, Martial). His most significant publications are Narciso and Pigmalione: illusione e spettacolo nelle Metamorfosi di Ovidio (Florence, 1983), and commentaries with edition of Ovid's Medicamina (Venice, 1985), Heroides 18 and 19 (Florence, 1996), and Book 4 (Milan, 2007) and Books 5 and 6 of the Metamorphoses (Milan, 2009). He also translated Ovid's Heroides (1989) and Statius' Achilleid (1994) in the BUR series (Milan), and for the edition of Pliny's Natural History in the Millenni Einaudi series he translated and annotated Books 33 and 37 (Turin, 1988).


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