Seeing the Light Part II: the reception of Aratus’s LEPTĒ acrostic in Greek and Latin literature
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Citation (published version)Leah Kronenberg. 2018. "Seeing the Light Part II: The Reception of Aratus’s LEPTĒ Acrostic in Greek and Latin Literature." Dictynna : Revue de Poétique Latine, Volume 15, https://journals.openedition.org/dictynna/1575
Part I of this study argued that Aratus’s decision to base his LEPTĒ acrostic, which occurs during a discussion of moonlight (Phaen. 783-87), on Homer’s LEUKĒ acrostic (Il. 24.1-5) was motivated by the connection in Homer between the adjective λευκός and various types of light from the sky, including the light of dawn, which appears shortly after the acrostic (Il. 24.12), and the light of the moon (Il. 23.455). In Part II, I argue that a study of the reception of Aratus’s acrostic in Greek and Latin poetry reveals that many ancient poets solved the “riddle” of how Aratus’s acrostic relates to Homer’s.
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