The other Campanian volcano: Inarime in Flavian epic

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Abstract

This chapter surveys the literary representation of Ischia’s volcano, Inarime, which Valerius Flaccus pairs in his Argonautica with Mount Vesuvius in a striking simile describing the violence of battle at Cyzicus (V. Fl. 3.208–9). The imagery of gigantomachy infiltrates Inarime’s diverse reappearances in all three Flavian epics, accentuating a contrast with Statius’ description of the tranquil view of Ischia across the Bay of Naples from the villa of Pollius Felix (Silv. 2.2.75), which in turn provides a glimpse of pastoral serenity likely to inspire in Statius’ Flavian and modern reader-audiences’ reflections on Inarime’s well-hidden (but all too apparent) dangers.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCampania in the Flavian Poetic Imagination
EditorsAntony Augoustakis, R. Joy Littlewood
PublisherOxford University Press
Pages61-73
ISBN (Print)9780198807742
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jan 2019

Keywords

  • Valerius Flaccus
  • Silius Italicus
  • Statius
  • Bay of Naples
  • Vesuvius
  • Inarime
  • Volcanoes
  • Campania

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