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Studies on the First Proem of Astronomica

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  • マーニーリウス『アストロノミカ』第1巻序歌の研究

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Abstract

The first proem of Astronomica is written in a very complicated style and this complexity, as Schrijvers says, comes from a symbolic and ambiguous usage of words. Therefore it is necessary to analyze such a “Manilian” style in order to understand the whole poem. This paper begins by examining the novelty which the poet stresses repeatedly in the proem. I shall then move on to cosmological relationship between Manilius and Stoic philosophy; it is true some scholars call it into question, but, for the most part, the worldview of Astronomica accords with that of Stoics. Given that Stoic cosmology is one of the characteristics of Astronomica, it is useful to examine the affiliation of Astronomica with Stoic poetry. In the second chapter, I shall first survey the Stoic poetry, quoting some passages from Stoicorum Veterum Fragmenta, then move on to Manilius’ attitude toward poetry. According to Crates of Mallus, a great poet is also a philosopher and conceals the truth under the veil of poetry; only a true κριτικός can discover it: in short, Stoic poetry consists in allegorical interpretation and these peculiarities can also be recognized in Astronomica. In the last chapter, I attempt to explain some disputed lines, especially suis figuris (1. 24) and emergere moles (1. 116). From the point of view of Stoic poetry, it will be clear that these difficult verses have an allegorical meaning and their ambiguity is not caused by textual uncertainty, but intended by the poet himself.

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  • CLASSICAL STUDIES

    CLASSICAL STUDIES 24 21-46, 2016-09-28

    京都大学西洋古典研究会

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  • CRID
    1050282810815050240
  • NII Article ID
    120005850260
  • NII Book ID
    AN10138475
  • ISSN
    02897113
  • HANDLE
    2433/217015
  • Text Lang
    ja
  • Article Type
    departmental bulletin paper
  • Data Source
    • IRDB
    • CiNii Articles

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