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date: 22 September 2020

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In the early modern period, many poets designed their opera omnia according to Virgil’s literary production: they wrote both didactic and heroic hexameter poetry. Particularly in the context of the church, imperial or regional courts, and schools and universities, numerous didactic and heroic poems were composed, mostly with ideological or panegyric aims. Heroic poems celebrated not only emperors, kings, princes, and dukes, but also saints and important clergymen. Specific patrons or literary circles can often be identified as the intended audiences for these works. This chapter discusses the different sub-genres of Neo-Latin epic poetry: mythological, historical, Christian poems, supplements and epyllia with corresponding examples. A few examples of didactic poems, often written by the same authors, are also considered.

Keywords: epic poetry, didactic poetry, reception of Virgil, historical poetry, mythological poetry, Jesuit order

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