n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - Calpurnius Siculus' 'New'

Volume 39, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1141
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The two most basic problems concerning the work of Calpurnius Siculus are the question of dating the poems and the almost complete lack of a full and detailed literary analysis and interpretation of the poems. Although he is chronologically probably the next pastoral poet after Vergil, his work is almost unknown today. Despite this, he is generally regarded as a most unoriginal artist. However, a close study of his poems will reveal a fair measure of experimentation. A case in point is his treatment of the Golden Age myth in Eclogues 1 and 4. His own contribution has , however, been largely overshadowed by the many echoes, especially from Vergil.

The purpose of this article is therefore to determine if he applied the traditional elements of the myth creatively and whether he made any original contributions. Since Eclogue 1 is by far the more interesting, this will be dealt with in greater detail.

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