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Jörg Rüpke

Delineating and Blurring Urban Space and Urban Atmosphere in Roman Elegy

Rubrik: Articles
Jahrgang 9 (2023) / Heft 3, S. 395-424 (30)
Publiziert 06.03.2024
DOI 10.1628/rre-2023-0025
Veröffentlicht auf Englisch.
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Beschreibung
Urban space cannot be identified independently of the people that turned a settlement into a city by their practices and discourses. For the city of Rome and the massive expansion and change of its space in the Augustan period, the voices of contemporary poets are invaluable. How did their texts conceive of the 'city', how did their speakers and protagonists live the city, how did they distinguish between urban and non-urban spaces? And how did these texts use religion? Employing the concepts of 'urbanity' and 'regionalisations', this article analyses the second book of Albius Tibullus, a poet typically seen as invested in rural escapism. It is argued that the basic dichotomy of city and countryside is elaborated into a complex web of overlapping spaces. Religious rituals and divine figures are central for the construction and the blurring of the urban-rural divide.