Inconsistency in Roman Epic: Studies in Catullus, Lucretius, Vergil, Ovid and Lucan

  title={Inconsistency in Roman Epic: Studies in Catullus, Lucretius, Vergil, Ovid and Lucan},
  author={James J. O’Hara},
How should we react as readers and as critics when two passages in a literary work contradict one another? Classicists once assumed that all inconsistencies in ancient texts needed to be amended, explained away, or lamented. Building on recent work on both Greek and Roman authors, this book explores the possibility of interpreting inconsistencies in Roman epic. After a chapter surveying Greek background material including Homer, tragedy, Plato and the Alexandrians, five chapters argue that… 

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