Valerius Flaccus, Virgil and the Poetics of Ekphrasis

  title={Valerius Flaccus, Virgil and the Poetics of Ekphrasis},
  author={M.A.J. Heerink},
Descriptions of works of art in classical poetry are often susceptible to interpretation as instances of mise en abyme, i.e. miniature representations of (an aspect of) the work of which they are part. The Argonautica features two major instances of ekphrasis: the description of the pictures that adorn the Argo’s hull (1.130–48) and the description of the reliefs on the doors of the temple of Sol in Colchis (5.407–55). In this chapter This chapter shows how both passages, positioned at two… Expand
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