The Aural-Visual "Symbiosis" in the Poetry of Publilius Optatianus Porfyrius (Towards the Disentanglement of the Mystery of Late Ancient Expansive Grid-Verse)



Year of publication 2006
Type Article in Proceedings
Conference Nechutová, Jana — Radová, Irena (eds.). Laetae segetes. Griechische und lateinische Studien an der Masaryk Universität und Universität Wien
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Field Mass media, audiovision
Keywords Optatianus; late ancient poetry; carmina figurata
Description The article deals with the work of Publilius Optatianus Porfyrius, a relatively unknown late ancient author of figured poetry. His poems are first introduced in the context of the development of the genre of visual poetry from its beginnings up to the present day. The significance of Optatianus’ figured poems is then commented on in terms of their content and especially with regard to their formal conception. Last but not least, Optatianus’ view of language as a system is discussed in relation to structuralist linguistics and semiotics.
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