By Paul Murgatroyd
This quantity contains an creation, the textual content of ebook four of Valerius Flaccus' Argonautica, statement, bibliography and index. notwithstanding, it's not a typical philological statement. even though it comprises textual feedback (but basically the place that means and appreciation are considerably affected) and rationalization of experience and references (a very important foundation for serious analysis), certainly there's literary appreciation of Valerius' fourth ebook, which may help to lead to a revaluation of this mostly overlooked and unfortunately underestimated writer. The booklet indicators readers to special elements of Valerius' hugely highbrow poetry, resembling wit, humor, beauty, aspect, subtlety, narrative ability, and artistic engagement with forerunners, particularly Apollonius of Rhodes and Virgil.
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Rorem is a rather grand periphrasis for ‘nectar’ or the (quirkily humorous) idea is that Jupiter used watered down nectar (cf. Ovid Her. ), while arcanus (‘mysterious, mystic’) is found here only with nectar), as there is also at f. (liquidi . . somni and libavit: see below). This is the only instance of nectar having the power to cause sleep, but it does relax Jupiter at Ovid Met. f. (diffusum nectare curas/ seposuisse graves), and, as it was the wine of the gods, it could be imagined to have wine’s soporific effect, to a much greater degree (hence alta, potentia and the twofold reference to slumber occupying a full line), as would be needed to quieten a raging superhero.
Next (at –) Hylas’ phantom appears to the hero in a dream, explaining what has happened; he tries in vain to embrace it, bewails their separation, but finally departs, resigned. Then (at –) as he heads for Troy, Jupiter at Apollo’s instigation sends Iris to tell him to free Prometheus instead, and he gladly obeys. The transition from the end of book is managed with care. ). f. f. f. ). ff. ff. ) mourning the loss of their young. This is a striking start to the book, with the abrupt switch to a higher plane (for which cf.
It looks as if VF is neatly ringing the changes on the Iliad passages (in which Zeus himself is put to sleep), esp. , where Hera gets Sleep to put Zeus out so that she can cause trouble for Heracles, and Zeus wakes up angry. He may also (as Korn on – suggests) have in mind Virg. Aen. ff. (where Palinurus is overwhelmed by Sleep) ecce deus ramum Lethaeo rore madentem/ vique soporatum Stygia super utraque quassat/ tempora, cunctantique natantia lumina solvit. Ros and tempora are found in both passages, and Palinurus also takes time to succumb and is sent tumbling; but whereas Palinurus falls to his death in the water, Hercules falls to the ground to gain relief in sleep.