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Astronomical phenomena play a specific role in ancient literature to illustrate the internal chronology of the plot. It is obvious that especially poetical texts which deal with constellations and astronomical terms show a maximum of the so called poetical doctrina as – for example – can be seen in the work of Statius. The present paper thus tries to prove this thesis by analyzing the verses 692–693 of the first book of the Thebais. Therein the vanishing of the Great Bear/Big Dipper constellation seems to refer to a specific season.

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Im Wald des Hippolytus •

Zur Intertextualität von Plin. ep. 1. 6 und Sen. Phaedr. 1–83; 483–504

Acta Antiqua Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae
Boris Hogenmüller


Pliny's Epistle 1.6 is a relatively short, apparently personal letter within the first book of Epistles, addressed to his friend Cornelius Tacitus. Besides intertextual references to Lucretius, Calpurnius Siculus and Tacitus, there is also an interesting allusion to Seneca's tragedy Phaedra, which influenced Pliny in the conception of the letter's frame story, as the present study aims to prove.

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