Poetry and Roman technical writing: Agriculture, architecture, tactics

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This paper studies the ways in which poetic citations were incorporated in Roman technical works, and specifically in compositions dealing with agriculture, architecture and tactics. The questions asked are: Which kinds of poems are cited? What is the frequency of their use? What is the role of these citations within their new context? The theme is particularly intriguing in relation to technical writing because by definition their focus was accurate information and pointed instruction while poetry was characterized by linguistic elaboration and emotional pathos. The reunion of these two literary genres - the technical and the poetic - is therefore the focus of the present discussion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)369-384
Number of pages16
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 2011


  • Cato
  • Columella
  • Frontinus
  • Griechische und Römische Dichtung
  • Lateinische literatur
  • Literarische Genre
  • Onasander
  • Varro
  • Vegetius
  • Vitruv


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