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<i>Carpe Diem</i>
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Carpe diem – 'eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die!' – is a prominent motif throughout ancient literature and beyond. This is the first book-length examination of its significance and demonstrates that close analysis can make a key contribution to a question that is central to literary studies in and beyond Classics: how can poetry give us the almost magical impression that something is happening here and now? In attempting an answer, Robert Rohland gives equal attention to Greek and Latin texts, as he offers new interpretations of well-known poems from Horace and tackles understudied epigrams. Pairing close readings of ancient texts along with interpretations of other forms of cultural production such as gems, cups, calendars, monuments, and Roman wine labels, this interdisciplinary study transforms our understanding of the motif of carpe diem.

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  • Carpe Diem
    pp i-i
  • Cambridge Classical Studies - Series page
    pp ii-ii
  • Carpe Diem - Title page
    pp iii-iii
  • The Poetics of Presence in Greek and Latin Literature
  • Copyright page
    pp iv-v
  • Dedication
    pp vi-vi
  • Contents
    pp vii-viii
  • Figures
    pp ix-x
  • Acknowledgements
    pp xi-xiii
  • A Note on Ancient Texts and Translations
    pp xiv-xiv
  • Abbreviations
    pp xv-xviii
  • Introduction - In Search of Present Time
    pp 1-37
  • 1 - The Archaeology of Carpe Diem
    pp 38-75
  • Sardanapallus, Monuments, Epigrams, and False Beginnings
  • 2 - A Moveable Feast
    pp 76-107
  • Wine Storage Places as Drinkable Calendars in Horace
  • 3 - Gathering Leaves
    pp 108-139
  • Horace, Choice of Words, Cyclical Time, and the Production of Presence
  • 4 - The Pleasure of Images
    pp 140-182
  • Epigrams and Objects 100 ʙᴄ–ᴀᴅ 100
  • Epilogue
    pp 227-238
  • Echoes of Carpe Diem
  • Bibliography
    pp 239-281
  • General Index
    pp 282-289
  • Index Locorum
    pp 290-300


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