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Banqueting Gods in Valerius Flaccus Arg. 5.690-5

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AbstractThis work offers a new comment and interpretation of Valerius Flaccus Arg. 5.690-5, a passage where the poet describes a banquet of the gods on Olympus with music and dancing. Two elements of the scene have been put under consideration: the Greek and Latin sources for the traditional scene of the dance of the gods (especially in the context of Olympic councils), examined in such a way as to argue that the scene described is unusual within the extant Latin epic tradition; and the traditional content of Apollo’s song, the Gigantomachy. By mentioning the Gigantomachy theme in other parts of the poem, Valerius links this passage with the poem’s overarching theme of the imposition of order according to a divine plan.

Affiliations: 1: Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Facultad de Filología, Departamento de Filología LatinaCiudad Universitaria s/n28040


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