par Dehon, Pierre-Jacques
Référence Rheinisches Museum fÉur Philologie, 162, page (206-221)
Publication Publié, 2019-11-13
Article révisé par les pairs
Résumé : This paper focuses on the funerary epigram to Marcana Vera, found near Sarsina, probably to be dated to the second century AD (CLE 439 = CIL XI 6565). A close examination of the poem and its composition is offered, with a specific look at the vocabulary, stylistic devices (a.o. the acrostic and wordplay on uer/VERA), images and topics used by the author. A comparison with other Latin poets (among whom Lucretius, Horace, Ovid and Seneca) shows that the epigram finds its place aside many pieces which describe the cycle of the four seasons in a regular manner, in order to convey a specific message to the reader. As both the text and its funerary context indicate, the dance of the seasons dedicated to Vera can be read from different perspectives that are not mutually exclusive and range from very concrete to very abstract, from literal to symbolic.