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By Boris Kayachev

The Ciris, a Latin mythological poem of contested date and authorship, has obtained a certain quantity of scholarly consciousness throughout the 20th century, yet normally has didn't meet with an enough appreciation. This examine is aimed toward vindicating the Ciris, frequently by means of exploring its use of pre-Virgilianpoetic texts mostly missed in past scholarship."

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The most crucial moment in the development of recusatio has been seen in the allusion at the beginning of Virgil’s sixth eclogue – “the first formal, fullydeveloped recusatio in Latin poetry”² – to Callimachus’ Aetia prologue, and it is on the character of this link that the interpretation of the process has largely depended. ”⁴ In our discussion of the Ciris proem, therefore, we should be prepared to look for subtexts that do not exhibit all the formal features of a developed recusatio.     As Guenzi () has done.

As an interim summary, I would propose the following schematic outline of the Ciris’ conceptual background concerning the relation of poetry to other activities. In the most general terms, we find, on the one hand, the Greek opposition of poetry and philosophy and, on the other, the Roman one of otium and negotium. There seem to exist two ways in which the Greek scheme can be related to the Roman. First, in the traditional solution, both poetry and philosophy can be accommodated within the domain of otium.

As an interim summary, I would propose the following schematic outline of the Ciris’ conceptual background concerning the relation of poetry to other activities. In the most general terms, we find, on the one hand, the Greek opposition of poetry and philosophy and, on the other, the Roman one of otium and negotium. There seem to exist two ways in which the Greek scheme can be related to the Roman. First, in the traditional solution, both poetry and philosophy can be accommodated within the domain of otium.

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