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Variety: The Life of a Roman Concept

William Fitzgerald


This book investigates the concept, value and poetics of variety, with a particular focus on the Roman concept of varietas and on Latin literature. It divides into two parts, the first belonging to the field of the history of ideas and the second to literary criticism. It argues that a combination of synonyms, antonyms, metaphors, commonplaces and conceptual issues form a distinctive cluster around the Latin word varius and its vernacular derivates, and identifies this ‘variety complex’ in its ancient and modern incarnations with particular reference to ideas of nature, creativity (human and d ... More

Keywords: variety, varietas, miscellany, reception

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226299495
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226299525.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William Fitzgerald, author
King's College London