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Intertextual Labyrinths: Ariadne's Lament in Montaigne's "Sur des vers de Virgile"*

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  20 November 2018

Marc-André Wiesmann*
Skidmore College


This study reconstructs the thematic and literary presence of a labyrinth in Montaigne's "Sur des vers de Virgile." Indispensable to such a reconstruction will be a consideration of Catullus's epithalamium on the marriage of Peleus and Thetis from which are derived the hexameters textually anchoring the labyrinth in Montaigne's text. I will then place these verses in their French surroundings and pursue the insights that an awareness of the Catullan context makes available for interpretations of the essay.

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I wish to express my gratitude to Richard Regosin and to the other (anonymous) referee of this paper, who were most helpful with their valuable suggestions towards its improvement. My thanks also to Dora Polachek, who saw and commented upon an earlier and very inchoate version, and to Steve Light, whose sharp editing was essential.


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