Dream, Fantasy, and Visual Art in Roman Elegy

Dream, Fantasy, and Visual Art in Roman Elegy

by Emma Scioli


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The elegists, ancient Rome’s most introspective poets, filled their works with vivid, first-person accounts of dreams. Dream, Fantasy, and Visual Art in Roman Elegy examines these varied and visually striking textual dreamscapes, arguing that the poets exploited dynamics of visual representation to allow readers to share in the intensely personal experience of dreaming.
            By treating dreams as a mode for viewing, an analogy suggested by diverse ancient authors, Emma Scioli extracts new information from the poetry of Propertius, Tibullus, and Ovid about the Roman concept of “seeing” dreams. Through comparison with other visual modes of description, such as ekphrasis and simile, as well as with related types of visual experience, such as fantasy and voyeurism, Scioli demonstrates similarities between artist, dreamer, and poet as creators, identifying the dreamer as a particular type of both viewer and narrator.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780299303846
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 06/29/2015
Series: Wisconsin Studies in Classics Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Emma Scioli is an associate professor of classics at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. She is the coeditor of Sub Imagine Somni: Nighttime Phenomena in Greco-Roman Culture.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations                
1 Dream Description and Visual Experience in Latin Poetry            
2 Fantasy and Creativity in Tibullus 1.5                   
3 Transforming the Lover: Nightmare, Commentary, and Image in Propertius 2.26a                       
4 The Visual Dreamscape of Propertius 3.3              
5 Sleeper's Dream/Viewer's Image: Rhea Silvia's Dream in Ovid's Fasti Book 3                   

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