n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - Speaking Volumes : Narrative and Intertext in Ovid and Other Latin Poets, Alessandro Barchiesi, edited and translated by Matt Fox and Simone Marchesi : book review

Volume 45, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1141
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Identifying and analysing the deliberate allusion of an author to the words of another has consistently been one of the principal preoccupations of Latin philology. In the last fifteen years or so, a redefinition and sharpening of this interest has led to its repositioning within the critical theoretical domain of intertextuality. A few books in particular, G.B. Conte's (1986), Joseph Farrell's (1991), Stephen Hinds' (1998) and Lowell Edmunds' (2001), have challenged preconceived notions and hopefully succeeded in easing this aspect of Latin philology forward into a broader area of theoretical enquiry. Barchiesi's book must be regarded as an excellent, if somewhat understated, contribution to this field of research.

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