Roleplay and Wordplay in Tibullus: the Reverberation of Horatian Iambic - Ian Goh - Vita e Pensiero - Articolo Aevum Antiquum Vita e Pensiero

Roleplay and Wordplay in Tibullus: the Reverberation of Horatian Iambic

digital Roleplay and Wordplay in Tibullus: the Reverberation
of Horatian Iambic
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Rivista AEVUM ANTIQUUM
Fascicolo AEVUM ANTIQUUM - 2021 - 21
Titolo Roleplay and Wordplay in Tibullus: the Reverberation of Horatian Iambic
Roleplay and Wordplay in Tibullus: The Reverberation of Horatian Iambic
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Editore Vita e Pensiero
Formato Articolo | Pdf
Online da 07-2022
Doi 10.26350/020747_000080
Issn 1121-8932 (stampa) | 1827-7861 (digitale)
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Tibullus’ sixteen canonical poems owe a debt to Horace’s invective Epodes, sixteen of which are in metres that feature alternating lines. Play and playfulness, in particular proleplay and wordplay, typify the creative dialogue between these poetry collections. This article teases out the links between Epode 16 and Tibullus II 5, both featuring Sibylline-style prophecy related to Rome and absence from Rome, with an iambic edge to the elegist’s depiction of the Parilia festival, and reminiscences of the etymology of iambic in a focus on  magic that also pervades the other Nemesis poems. The poem spoken by Priapus, I 4, also contains iambic elements in the play on the names of the questioner and Tibullus’ own  beloved Marathus, the gender politics with an attenuated god and hints of cinaedic activity, and the imagery of dogs. Uncovering such echoes enhances our understanding of the  influences and achievements of both poets.

keywords

Tibullus, elegy, Horace, Epodes, invective, iambic, play, metre, roleplay, magic, divinity, Priapus, dogs, etymology, allusion, intertextuality

Biografia dell'autore

Swansea University. Email: i.k.l.goh@swansea.ac.uk

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