Virgil, Lucan, and the Meaning of Civil War in Valerius Flaccus’ Argonautica

  title={Virgil, Lucan, and the Meaning of Civil War in Valerius Flaccus’ Argonautica},
  author={M.A.J. Heerink},
In his recent monograph (2012) Tim Stover has provided the first full-scale study of Valerius Flaccus’ interaction with Lucan’s Bellum Civile, arguing that the Argonautica restores epic after Lucan and optimistically supports Vespasian’s restoration of the Principate after the civil wars of 68-69 AD. Focusing on the ‘civil war’ between the Argonauts and the Doliones in Book 3 of Valerius’ epic, I will propose an alternative reading of the influence of Lucan as well as Virgil’s Aeneid. Although… 
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