Lowe, Dunstan (2010) The Symbolic Value of Grafting in Ancient Rome. Transactions and Proceedings of the American Philological Association, 140 (1). pp. 461-488. ISSN 0065-9711. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)
Some scholars have read Virgil’s grafted tree (G. 2.78–82) as a sinister image, symptomatic of man’s perversion of nature. However, when it is placed within the long tradition of Roman accounts of grafting (in both prose and verse), it seems to reinforce a consistently positive view of the technique, its results, and its possibilities. Virgil’s treatment does represent a significant change from Republican to Imperial literature, whereby grafting went from mundane reality to utopian fantasy. This is reflected in responses to Virgil from Ovid, Columella, Calpurnius, Pliny the Elder, and Palladius (with Republican context from Cato, Varro, and Lucretius), and even in the postclassical transformation of Virgil’s biography into a magical folktale.
|Subjects:||C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CB History of civilization|
|Divisions:||Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > Classical and Archaeological Studies|
|Depositing User:||Dunstan Lowe|
|Date Deposited:||25 Sep 2012 14:15|
|Last Modified:||12 Dec 2013 11:54|
|Resource URI:||https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/30966 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)|