See also: Flaccus
Valerius Flaccus ( Caius Valerius Flaccus ) is a Poète epic Latin probably related with the people Valerii , one of the oldest families of Rome, perhaps originating in Padoue, and died towards 90. Its life is badly known and the only ancient authors who mention it are Quintilien (in the Institution Oratory ) and, perhaps, Martial in his Épigrammes (if it is well same V. Flaccus in question) to regret its recent and early death (90) like an immense loss.
Its principal work, the Argonautiques ( Argonautica ), is an unfinished poem epic in eight books. On this topic rebattu - history of Jason and the treason of his/her father by Médée -, Valérius Flaccus takes as a starting point very free way of the Greek Apollonios of Rhodos. The beginning comprises many lengths and the description of the divine interventions is harmful with the unit but the painting of the characters - in particular passion incipient from Médée for Jason - is treated with brilliance. When with the style, he is particularly worked and versification is of a great purity, though often described like cold and sometimes obscure. The reminiscences of Virgile (for the language), of Ovide and Lucain are multiple in a work undoubtedly too unfinished so that an abrupt assessment is made.
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