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The Fasti: Style, Structure, and Time

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The Fasti poem's "political" stance has dominated recent criticism. By incorporating into the fasti new feriae celebrating anniversaries of his achievements and honors, Augustus, like Julius Caesar before him, firmly fixed his mark on the calendar, as on everything else in Rome's public life. The Augustan poets' engagement with Callimachus which has occupied scholarship in the past few decades finds its fullest expression in Ovid's Fasti, a quintessentially Callimachean work. The poet who elsewhere referred to himself as the Virgil of elegy gives ample play to Virgilian intertexts in the Fasti. Elsewhere the Fasti evokes Virgil in reflecting on the aftermath of the Aeneid. Ovid conceived his project of elegiac narrative on a large scale to some extent as a rival to epic narrative, but Heinze's definitional categories would better suit a contrast of all Ovidian narration with Virgil's narrative manner.

Keywords: Aeneid; Augustus; Callimachus; Fasti; Heinze; Ovid; Virgilian intertexts



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