TWO EXAMPLES OF DELIBERATE USE OF HYSTERON PROTERON IN VERGIL’S EARLY POEMS (VERG. BUC. VI, 42 AND GEORG. III, 60–61)

This paper analyses Vergil’s use of hysteron proteron in Buc. VI, 42 and Georg. III, 60–61. It is shown that in both cases hysteron proteron appears as a stylistic figure: Vergil consciously models his hexameter after one of the stock examples of hysteron proteron in Homer (Verg. Buc. VI, 42 ~ Hom. Il. III, 100; Verg. Georg. III, 60 ~ Hom. Il. 3, 40), while doing his best to mask the disruption of logical order inherent to the very nature of the phenomenon. Thus, the two passages give the reader a glimpse of Vergil’s poetic laboratory: Vergil, who was well acquainted not only with Homeric epics, but also with the Alexandrian scholarship, takes into account Greek poetic and philological practices, while searching for his own poetic voice.

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