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EPICISTEfficient, Programmable and Interchangeable Code Infrastructure for Symbols and Texts
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Claudian continues the tradition of post-Virgilian epicists who perform on the Aeneid what Hardie calls "combinatorial imitation," which reflects Virgil's own practice of combining imitations of different scenes from his literary predecessors to comment on them and to enrich his own poetry.
(37) Stemming from such Greek verses, this poignant theme found particular favor among Roman epicists, in whose tristia bella boys in the full bloom of youth fall prey to steel.
7.313-22), to Cato's marriage to Marcia who wears to the wedding the funeral clothes in which she had mourned her recently deceased husband (Lucan 2.326-91), epicists capitalized on the unique capacity of the wedding as ritual that transforms, successfully or unsuccessfully, biological sexual bodies into reproductive bodies for the social order.
Today the story has spread globally, for Osama and his fellow epicists have turned to the internet to narrate it.
Call it: "The Dispossessed, Self-repossessed.") Unlike contemporary epicists, however, O'Neill's obsessions remained firmly planted within the four walls of the family manse.
The historical distance between Homer and Sappho (the eighth century BCE to the sixth century BCE) was roughly the same as the distance between the English Renaissance epicists and Tennyson--a comparison which meant that Tennyson must acknowledge historical context in imagining his poetic career.(21) Hallam's view of literary history explains, in part, his comment in the 1831 review that "the French Revolution may be a finer theme than the war of Troy; but it does not so evidently follow that Homer is to find his superior."(22) Hallam's point is not simply that Homer represents the golden age of epic, but rather that poets must know their place in a "national progress" and work accordingly.
All epicists in this period strove self-consciously to locate their work within a precise matrix of literary conventions and traditions.
Behind this passage lies a rich literary genealogy of Roman epicists's treatment of Homer's Cyclops episode.
Hardie discusses the significance of Flavian epicists' imitation of Virgil as an indication of Flavian reading of the Aeneid.(45) Statius, then, provides evidence of Flavian recognition of the symbolic undercurrent beneath Virgil's narrative.
Hardie, |Flavian Epicists on Virgil's Epic Technique', Ramus 18 (1989), 5-9.