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Too Close? Historian And Poet In The Apocolocyntosis

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According to the author, whatever scholarly box we try to put the Apocolocyntosis into, it escapes to show readers a new facet. This chapter tries to catch the glint of one such facet: the deformation and defamation of historiography, so striking in a satire on the deification of an emperor who fancied himself a historian. It focuses on historiography, but the rather extensive set of parallel passages considered in the chapter perhaps permits extrapolation: the competition and cooperation between historiography and poetry is one of the satirist's techniques for deforming both types of narrative when the content is not worthy of history or verse.

Keywords: Apocolocyntosis; historiography; poetry



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