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date: 26 June 2022

Elegiae in Maecenatemlocked

Elegiae in Maecenatemlocked

  • Tom Geue

Summary

The Elegiae in Maecenatem are two (originally conjoined) poems on the death of Maecenas. Previous scholarship has focused on the questions of author and date, reaching a minimal consensus that the poems postdate Seneca. Traditionally earning a lukewarm literary reception, the poems have been mined (and questioned) as historical sources for Maecenas. Ever since Irene Peirano’s identification of them as chronological “fakes” (i.e., rhetorical fictions cut to fit a given historical moment), the door has been open to more appreciative literary and structural analysis.

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  • Latin Literature

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