A Commentary on Book 4 of Valerius Flaccus’ Argonautica by Paul Murgatroyd

By Paul Murgatroyd

This quantity comprises an creation, the textual content of booklet four of Valerius Flaccus' Argonautica, observation, bibliography and index. in spite of the fact that, it's not a customary philological statement. even though it includes textual feedback (but simply the place that means and appreciation are considerably affected) and clarification of experience and references (a very important foundation for serious analysis), peculiarly there's literary appreciation of Valerius' fourth publication, which might actually help to lead to a revaluation of this principally missed and unfortunately underestimated writer. The publication signals readers to big points of Valerius' hugely highbrow poetry, corresponding to wit, humor, attractiveness, element, subtlety, narrative ability, and inventive engagement with forerunners, particularly Apollonius of Rhodes and Virgil.

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This is the only instance of nectar having the power to cause sleep, but it does relax Jupiter at Ovid Met.  f. (diffusum nectare curas/ seposuisse graves), and, as it was the wine of the gods, it could be imagined to have wine’s soporific effect, to a much greater degree (hence alta, potentia and the twofold reference to slumber occupying a full line), as would be needed to quieten a raging superhero. This wine connection would explain the reference to the tempora in : for wine at and affecting the temples see McKeown on Ovid Am.

V. .  ff.. Jupiter’s speech to Juno falls into a tradition that goes back to Homer (cf. g. Il. , Virg. Aen. ). This particular version is lively and pointed. It is a speech of strong emotions, but it is still dignified and imperious, not least because Jupiter as well as berating Juno is also trying to cow her (successfully). It is not without its humorous side too, especially as Jupiter’s superior and biting remarks are typical of many exasperated husbands when having words with their wives.  nova: ‘new’ and also (caustically) ‘strange’ (because Juno’s joy over Hercules’ troubles involves problems for her own protégé Jason, who will as a result lose this mighty crew-member).

There is (pathetic and/or gently humorous) hyperbole here and in vacuis . . montibus ().  Hercules’ repeated shouts (cf. ) no longer drown out the sound of the rivers and the breezes. Again there is exaggeration. commentary  vacuis . . montibus: local ablative or dative/ablative of agent. v. , b): cf.  f. ‘Vacant’ is not a likely sense as Hercules is still in the area, and so is Hylas (cf. ), not to mention animals.  ff.. Extended accounts of dreams (with speech) were extremely common in epic poetry: see Hom.

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