By Paul Murgatroyd
This quantity comprises an creation, the textual content of e-book four of Valerius Flaccus' Argonautica, remark, bibliography and index. besides the fact that, it isn't a customary philological observation. even though it comprises textual feedback (but in simple terms the place that means and appreciation are considerably affected) and rationalization of experience and references (a important foundation for severe analysis), particularly there's literary appreciation of Valerius' fourth booklet, which can assist to lead to a revaluation of this mostly overlooked and unfortunately underestimated writer. The ebook signals readers to big points of Valerius' hugely highbrow poetry, resembling wit, humor, beauty, element, subtlety, narrative ability, and inventive engagement with forerunners, specifically Apollonius of Rhodes and Virgil.
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Iam Mariandynis advertit puppis harenis, atque celer terras regemque exquirit Echion dicta ferens lectos (fama est si nominis umquam) Haemoniae subiisse viros, det litora fessis. adproperat Lycus auditis laetatus Achivis argonauticon liber quartus ac simul Aesoniden omnemque in regia turbam tecta trahit modo Bebryciis praefixa tropaeis, mitis et in mediis effatur talia Grais: ‘haud temere est: fato divum reor ad mea vectos litora vos, odium quibus atque eadem ira furentis Bebryciae saevaque pares de gente triumphi: certa fides animis, idem quibus incidit hostis.
See further Hershkowitz ff. ardenti . . gravis . . and Stat. Silv. (cf. also Sen. Suas. suis ira ardet ignibus). 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.
Tum pius Oeagri claro de sanguine vates admonita genetrice refert casusque locorum Inachidosque vias pelagusque emensa iuvencae argonauticon liber quartus exilia intentisque canit: ‘videre priores saepe Iovem in terras Argivaque regna Pelasgum virginis Iasiae blandos descendere ad ignes. sentit Iuno dolos curaque accensa iugali aethere desiluit (dominam Lyrceia tellus antraque deprensae tremuerunt conscia culpae), cum trepida Inachiae paelex subit ora iuvencae sponte dei; plausu fovet hanc et pectora mulcet Iuno renidenti cohibens suspiria vultu.
A Commentary on Book 4 of Valerius Flaccus’ Argonautica by Paul Murgatroyd