The (Dis)continuity of Genre: A Comment on the Romans and the Greeks

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This essay considers the continuities and dis-continuities of genre in the transition from Greek forms to matching Greek forms. Looking at the case of epic in early Rome and some of its Greek precedents, the paper argues for a hybrid model of generic sequence focussing on the notion of translation and its unique ontological characteristics. The paper argues for a hybrid model that allows for both concerte continuity and, simultaneously and without contradiction, for radical re-assignation of generic attributes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGeneric interfaces in Latin literature: encounters, interactions and transformations
EditorsTheodore D. Papanghelis, Stephen J. Harrison, Stavros Frangoulidis
Place of PublicationBerlin
PublisherWalter de Gruyter
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-11-030369-8
ISBN (Print)978-3-11-030368-1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2013

Publication series

NameTrends in Classics - Supplementary Volumes
PublisherWalter de Gruyter


  • genre, epic, homer, translation, Andronicus, Pliny, Cicero, imago

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