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The Annals of Quintus Ennius and the Italic Tradition
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Quintus Ennius, often considered the father of Roman poetry, is best remembered for his epic poem, the Annals, a history of Rome from Aeneas until his own lifetime. Ennius represents an important bridge between Homer’s works in Greek and Virgil’s Aeneid. Jay Fisher argues that Ennius does not simply translate Homeric models into Latin, but blends Greek poetic models with Italic diction to produce a poetic hybrid. Fisher's investigation uncovers a poem that blends foreign and familiar cultural elements in order to generate layers of meaning for his Roman audience. Fisher combines modern linguistic methodologies with traditional philology in order to uncover the influence of the language of Roman ritual, kinship, and generalship on the Annals. Moreover, because these cultural practices are themselves hybrids of earlier Roman, Etruscan, and Greek cultural practices, not to mentionthe cultures of speakers of lesser-known languages such as Oscan and Umbrian, these echoes of cultural interactions also generated layers of meaning for Ennius, his ancient audience, and the modern readers of the fragments of the Annals.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. 1. Ennius and the Italic Tradition
  2. pp. 1-26
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  1. 2. The Annals and the Greek Tradition
  2. pp. 27-56
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  1. 3. Ritual and Myth in the Augurium Romuli (Annals 72–91)
  2. pp. 57-86
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  1. 4. Ritual, Militia, and History in Book 6 of the Annals
  2. pp. 87-126
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  1. 5. Ritual, Kinship, and Myth in Book 1 of the Annals
  2. pp. 127-162
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  1. Conclusion. The Annals of Quintus Ennius and the Modern Tradition
  2. pp. 163-166
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. 167-168
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 169-190
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 191-200
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 201-206
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