By Paul Murgatroyd
This quantity involves an advent, the textual content of e-book four of Valerius Flaccus' Argonautica, observation, bibliography and index. besides the fact that, it's not a typical philological statement. even though it includes textual feedback (but simply the place that means and appreciation are considerably affected) and clarification of feel and references (a important foundation for severe analysis), notably there's literary appreciation of Valerius' fourth publication, which can help to lead to a revaluation of this mostly missed and unfortunately underestimated writer. The publication signals readers to special elements of Valerius' hugely highbrow poetry, corresponding to wit, humor, attractiveness, aspect, subtlety, narrative ability, and inventive engagement with forerunners, in particular Apollonius of Rhodes and Virgil.
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Ff. most were descended from the Thessalian king Minyas; cf. ). ff. Meleager and the others did not find it that easy to persuade the crew to sail on without their great comrade. , ff. ). , where the Argonauts did just forget about Hercules and sail off. In this line the rhythm and sound convey a fitting sense of speed, and in the word-order the Minyae are suggestively encompassed and separated from the abandoned hero by immemores and facilesque. alta tenent probably comes from Virgil (Aen.
Also Hardie ff. for Hercules in post-Virgilian epic). As pietas was such an outstanding characteristic of Virgil’s Aeneas, VF may be presenting Hercules here as a second Aeneas (cf. Hershkowitz ff. for further similarities between the two) by way of a witty reversal commentary of Virgil’s depiction of Aeneas as a second Hercules (on which see Otis ff. ). Iunonem: the goddess who harries Hercules here is reminiscent of the Juno who dogs Aeneas and the Trojans in Virgil’s Aeneid, but with added complexity VF’s Juno does not oppose the whole group but only one member of it, and this opposition puts her in an awkward and rather absurd position, whereby her hatred of Hercules causes problems for her beloved Jason (cf.
Stat. Theb. ff. ff. It looks as if VF is neatly ringing the changes on the Iliad passages (in which Zeus himself is put to sleep), esp. , where Hera gets Sleep to put Zeus out so that she can cause trouble for Heracles, and Zeus wakes up angry. He may also (as Korn on – suggests) have in mind Virg. Aen. ff. (where Palinurus is overwhelmed by Sleep) ecce deus ramum Lethaeo rore madentem/ vique soporatum Stygia super utraque quassat/ tempora, cunctantique natantia lumina solvit. Ros and tempora are found in both passages, and Palinurus also takes time to succumb and is sent tumbling; but whereas Palinurus falls to his death in the water, Hercules falls to the ground to gain relief in sleep.