Roman exile : poetry, prose and politics
APA 146TH annual meeting January 8-11, 2015, New Orleans, LA
Date limite : 1er février 2014
David M. Pollio, Christopher Newport University
Gordon P. Kelly, Lewis and Clark College
Exile during the late Republic/early Empire has traditionally been studied as either an historic and political phenomenon or a literary theme. This panel aims to integrate these heretofore distinct lines of inquiry into two innovative approaches. The first seeks to analyze poetic treatments of exile specifically in relationship to the political institution of exile; the second, to apply techniques of literary interpretation to depictions of exile in works of historical interest such as histories, orations, and letters.
Although the Romans inherited a rich and diverse tradition of Greek exilic literature, Roman poets and prose authors nevertheless adapted that tradition in order to address specifically Roman interests. Exile turns out to be an especially poignant topos for Roman writers of the late Republic/early Empire, in particular, as it relates not only to Rome's legendary founding by the descendants of Trojan exiles, but also to a political institution that played a significant role in shaping the events of that era. We define exile broadly for this panel, including such phenomena as voluntary exile, exile as a legal penalty, deportation, relegation, and proscription.
The organizers seek papers that consider images of exile and exiles in the poetry of Horace, Vergil, Ovid, Lucan, and others, as well as in the works of prose authors such as Cicero, Livy, and Seneca. Possible topics include:
- How a Roman reader would have understood exile as a literary device in relation to the current political institutions of banishment.
- Would the political institution of exile affect the way a reader perceived the trials and tribulations of a poem's exiles?
- How are images of exile deployed in different genres?
- How the literary motifs of exile influence its depiction in historical sources.
Source : APA