This paper deals with the theme of the “unfinished” through the examination of some exemplary cases from Greek literature in Late Antiquity. Alongside authorial practices impatient with the labor limae – such as that of Damascius or Plotinus – or texts that now appear unfinished because of troubles in the manuscript transmission, there are cases of incomplete texts that have been brought to perfection by other authors, such as the Homeric Centos by Patricius completed by Eudocia, or the intercultural translation into epic language of the Psalms by Pseudo Apollinaris. The second part of the paper focuses on poems that show in- completeness or the lack of a final revision, arguing that they most likely convey a different aesthetic concept of structure, one that also involves the participation of the reader, who is required to supplement a superior, intellectual meaning.

Non-finito o estetica dell’incompiuto? Casi dalla letteratura greca della tarda antichità

Agosti Gianfranco
2019

Abstract

This paper deals with the theme of the “unfinished” through the examination of some exemplary cases from Greek literature in Late Antiquity. Alongside authorial practices impatient with the labor limae – such as that of Damascius or Plotinus – or texts that now appear unfinished because of troubles in the manuscript transmission, there are cases of incomplete texts that have been brought to perfection by other authors, such as the Homeric Centos by Patricius completed by Eudocia, or the intercultural translation into epic language of the Psalms by Pseudo Apollinaris. The second part of the paper focuses on poems that show in- completeness or the lack of a final revision, arguing that they most likely convey a different aesthetic concept of structure, one that also involves the participation of the reader, who is required to supplement a superior, intellectual meaning.
Agosti, Gianfranco
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