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VarietyThe Life of a Roman Concept$
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William Fitzgerald

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226299495

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226299525.001.0001

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Miscellany Variety and the Book

Miscellany Variety and the Book

(p.149) 5 Miscellany Variety and the Book

William Fitzgerald

University of Chicago Press

The miscellany is the literary form that is most characterised by variety. This chapter examines the aesthetics of the miscellany, prose and verse, in two different ways. First, it considers the titles, apologias, metaphors and metaliterary moments through which authors of miscellanies and miscellaneous books, ancient and modern, reflect on their form. Then it focuses on Aulus Gellius’ Noctes Atticae in order to develop a critical approach to the interpretation of this work that puts its miscellneousness centre stage.

Keywords:   miscellany, Aulus Gellius, Michel de Montaigne, martial, Angelo Poliziano

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