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FLAVIAN VARIANT: MYTH. VALERIUS’ ARGONAUTICA

VALERIUS FLA CC U S, A U T H O R OF T H E ARG ONAUTICA

Philip Hardie has recently drawn attention to the importance of imitation in Flavian poetry, particularly the imitation of more than one source, as a means of allowing the author to comment upon and interpret his sources at the same time he constructs his own text.1 Allusion and imitation are, of course, techniques common to all classical literature, but the Flavian period in particular was notable for its rewriting of earlier texts, and among the major Flavian authors Valerius Flaccus is the most overt and insistent rewriter of them all.