par Dehon, Pierre-Jacques
Référence Volumen, 27
Publication A Paraître, 2023-07-31
Article révisé par les pairs
Résumé : Exoticism nowadays is usually understood as a taste for otherness and a positive feeling towards foreign lands and peoples. Although Greeks and Romans were keener to focus on their own world, this type of exoticism also appears in their literature. A quick review of Vergil's output shows that he found his place mid-way through between tradition and modernity. As much as modern artists, he was able to feel the attractiveness of foreign lands, but part of his verses display a more conservative or negative approach, where otherness is perceived as a threat to the Roman world.