review of “Gesine Manuwald, Astrid Voigt (eds.), Flavian Epic Interactions. De Gruyter, Berlin, 2013”, Euphrosyne 44, 2016, 365-368.

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  EVPHROSYNE REVISTA DE FILOLOGIA CLÁSSICA  CENTRO DE ESTUDOS CLÁSSICOS FACULDADE DE LETRAS DE LISBOA M   M   X    V   I NOVA SÉRIE VOLUME XLIV  EVPHROSYNE REVISTA DE FILOLOGIA CLÁSSICA * CENTRO DE ESTUDOS CLÁSSICOSFACULDADE DE LETRAS DE LISBOAPT - 1600-214 LISBOAPORTUGALe-mail: centro.classicos@letras.ulisboa.ptsítio electrónico: http://www.tmp.letras.ulisboa.pt/cec D IRECTORA M ARIA  C RISTINA  C ASTRO -M AIA   DE  S OUSA  P IMENTEL C OMISSÃO   DE  R EDACÇÃO A BEL   DO  N ASCIMENTO  P ENA , A NA  M ARIA  S ANCHEZ  T ARRÍO , A RNALDO  M ONTEIRO   DO  E SPÍRITO  S ANTO , J OSÉ  P EDRO  S ILVA  S ANTOS  S ERRA , M ANUEL  J OSÉ   DE  S OUSA  B ARBOSA , P AULO  F ARMHOUSE  A LBERTO , V ANDA  M ARIA  C OUTINHO  G ARRIDO  A NASTÁCIO C ONSELHO  C IENTÍFICO A IRES  A UGUSTO   DO  N ASCIMENTO   (U. Lisboa) , C ARLOS  S ANTINI   (U. Perugia) , C ARMEN  C ODOÑER  M ERINO   (U. Salamanca) , E MILIO  S UÁREZ   DE   LA  T ORRE   (U. Pompeu Fabra) , J OËL  T HOMAS   (U. Perpignan) , J OSÉ  M ANUEL  D ÍAZ   DE  B USTAMANTE   (U. Santiago de Compostela) , M ANUEL  A LEXANDRE  J ÚNIOR   (U. Lisboa) , M ARC  M AYER   Y  O LIVÉ   (U. Barcelona) , P AOLO  F EDELI   (U. Bari) , T HOMAS  E ARLE   (U. Oxford) C ONSELHO   DE  A RBITRAGEM  C IENTÍFICA A LBERTO  B ERNABÉ  P AJARES  ( U. Complutense de Madrid ) , Á NGEL  U RBÁN  F ERNÁNDEZ   ( U. Córdoba ) , A URELIO  P ÉREZ  J IMÉNEZ   ( U. Málaga ) , M ARÍA  A DELAIDA  A NDRES   ( U. Salamanca ) , C ARLOS  M ORAIS   ( U. Aveiro ) , C ARMEN  M ORENILLA  T ALENS   ( U. Valencia ) , C RISTOBAL  M ACÍAS  V ILLALOBOS   ( U. Málaga) , M ARÍA  E LISA  L AGE  C OTOS   ( U. Santiago de Compostela ) , E USTAQUIO  S ÁNCHEZ  S ALOR   ( U. Extremadura ) , F ABIO  S TOK    ( U. Roma II – Tor Vergata ) , F EDERICO  R USSO   ( U. Konstanz ) , G RANT  A. N ELSESTUEN   ( U. Wiscounsin ) , G RAZIANA  B RESCIA   ( U. Foggia ) , G REGORIO  R ODRÍGUEZ  H ERRERA   ( U. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria ) , I ÑIGO  R UIZ  A RZALLUZ   ( U. País Vasco) , J OSÉ  M ARÍA  M AESTRE  M AESTRE   ( U. Cádiz ) , J ESÚS -M ARÍA  N IETO  I BÁÑEZ   ( U. León ) , J OAQUIM  P INHEIRO   ( U. Madeira ) , M ANUEL  L OPEZ  M UÑOZ   ( U. Almería ) , N UNO  S IMÕES  R ODRIGUES   ( U. Lisboa ) , R AMIRO  G ONZÁLEZ  D ELGADO   ( U. Extremadura ) , R ICHARD  M ARSHALL  ( U. Oxford ) , R OSALBA  D IMUNDO   ( U. Bari ) , R OSSANA  G UGLIELMETTI   ( U. Milano ) , S ANTIAGO  L OPEZ  M OREDA   ( U. Extremadura ) , S EBASTIÃO  T AVARES   DE  P INHO   ( U. Coimbra ) , S ILVANA  R OCCA   ( U. Genova ) Tiragem 500 exemplaresDepósito legal 178089/02ISSN 0870-0133 PUBLICAÇÃO ANUAL SUJEITA A ARBITRAGEM CIENTÍFICAR EFERENCIADA   EM L’A NNÉE  P HILOLOGIQUE   |  A RTS   AND  H UMANITIES  C ITATION  I NDEX   |  B IBLIOGRAPHIE   INTERNATIONALEDE   L ’H UMANISME   ET   DE   LA  R ENAISSANCE   |  CSA L INGUISTICS   AND  L ANGUAGE  B EHAVIOR  A BSTRACTS   |  D IALNET   |  EBSCO | ERIH P LUS   |  L ATINDEX   |  M EDIOEVO  L ATINO   |  SCOPUS  CENTRO DE ESTUDOS CLÁSSICOS FACULDADE DE LETRAS DE LISBOA EVPHROSYNE REVISTA DE FILOLOGIA CLÁSSICA  MMXVI NOVA SÉRIE – VOLUME XLIV   LIBRI RECENSITI 365 G ESINE  M ANUWALD , A STRID  V OIGT  (eds.), Flavian Epic Interactions , Berlin – Boston, De Gruyter, 2013. IX + 447 pp. ISBN 978-3-11-031427-4 This book had its starting point in a conference organised by the Flavian Epic Network and hosted by the University College London in 2011. It accommodates part of the papers presented at that conference and also studies commissioned by the editors in order to “ensure a good coverage of topics and approaches”, as stated at the preface. The authors extend from advanced PhD students to some of the best established scholars working on Latin epic.Manuwald and Voigt stress that study of Flavian epic gains from examination of the three epic poets in their connection to each other, and the volume surely attests to the accuracy of their view: it is most stimulating and exciting, offering a wide range of fresh, appealing, provocative ideas. The book encompasses very distinct, even opposite, perspectives on the attitude of poets towards the Flavian regime and dynasts; it examines how praise is enacted, discusses how it may be interpreted and the role of intertextuality in its interpretation, while attributing ample space to most pertinent methodological issues. In what regards interaction between Statius, Valerius and Silius, and between these poets and their forebearers, again a multitude of proposals and prospects are produced. The paramount influence of Lucan is extensively considered; new and unexpected inter-textualities are explored, such as the  Achilleid ’s indebtedness to Valerius’  Argonautica  and features of Silius’ dialogue with Valerius; much attention is paid to the vexed issue of the relationship between Statius and Silius, which is addressed from diverse perspectives.The book is composed of an introductory chapter and three sections organised by theme. Manuwald and Voigt start by contextualising the book (pp. 1-9), outlining a history of scholarship on Flavian poetry. Moreover, they justify and explain the structure of the  volume, comment on certain contributions, as well as on some of the conclusions reached and of the problems acknowledged. I would like to point out some of the many engaging ideas proposed by Flavian Epic Interactions .The first part is devoted to “Flavian Epic Politics” (pp. 13-122). In “The Flavian Punica ?” (pp. 13-27), Marcus Wilson emphasises that the Punica  is not necessarily a reflec-tion of Domitian’s Rome, and that it has much to say about Nero and especially about the “experience of multiple emperors, successive imperial dynasties and the shifting condi-tions of political life” (p. 14). While examining the pertinence of historicising the poem, Wilson opportunely addresses metholodological issues. In “Imperial encomia in Flavian epic” (pp. 29-54), John Penwill’s viewpoint is marked: he considers the Flavian epicists to be “poets of sufficient integrity not to succumb to producing unequivocal expressions of flattery” (p. 54). He explores the technique of  emphasis  to find encoded the poets’ “own reservations about Caesar and Caesarism” (p. 54) and to show how these are decipherable. Daniela Galli writes on “  Recusatio  in Flavian epic poetry: Valerius Flaccus’  Argonautica  (1, 7-21) and Statius’ Thebaid  (1, 17-33)” (pp. 55-65). She calls attention to the fact that they harmonise refusal of writing historical epic with laudatio principis  (pp. 55-57), before going through a careful examination of the  recusationes  in question. An interesting point is that there is “a resolute firmness” in Statius’ refusal that equates  recusatio  with denial: Statius did not want to be Domitian’s epic poet; he would have “difficulties with complying with imperial ideology”, not without consequences for the relationship between poet and  princeps (p. 65). Bruce Gibson surveys “Praise in Flavian Epic” (pp. 67-86), namely its rep-resentation within the narratives of the poems (p. 67), whether by personal involvement of the poet or by characters within the narrative. He values the possibility of insincerity in praise, reading a “resonant example of questionable praise” (p. 84), the passage in Thebaid 11 about the victory of Jupiter (pp. 84-85). Federica Bessone (“Critical interactions: constructing heroic models and imperial ideology in Flavian epic”, pp. 87-105) scrutinises the end of the Punica  and of the Thebaid  in parallel, engagingly discussing methodological issues, to conclude by stressing how difficult it is that epics which were built with a view to culminate with the imperial heroe might be “against the empire” (p. 105). In “Looking for
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