Aullus

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Statius Aullus Renevolus
Statius Aullus Renevolus
Modern portrait of Aullus
Born 5214
Lemorria, Anisora
Died November, 5255
Valance
Occupation Poet

Pastanan Poet
Active
5232-5255

Statius Aullus Renevolus, or Aullus, was an ancient Anisoran poet writing during the 53rd century. Much of his work survives and are widely read and admired. He was very influential on the Aurei poets, including Pello.

The corpus of poetry which survives from antiquity is a mixed collection of poems, ranging from collections of love poetry, to myth-poetry, to contemporary poetic commentaries on his own times. He is most famous for his love poetry and as such has been a canonical author throughout the Pastanan tradition. Aullus redefined the genre of Pastanan love poetry as almost all following poets were influenced by his novel exploration of love through urban imagery and subtle characterisation.

Life

Aullus was born in Lemorria in Eastern Pastana in 5214RH to wealthy aristocratic parents. Being the son of a wealthy family, Aullus was sent to Valance to be formally educated (in Poem 72 he references his early education there) and as far as the historical record shows, he rarely left the city until he died. He clearly took to the urban lifestyle of the capital, as his poetry often tells us, and over the years he became a literary celebrity in Pena, enjoying considerable patronage from some of the richest families in the Empire.

It was probably while studying in Valance that Aullus met and fell in love with the ‘Lorria’ of his poems. Although still a controversial topic in current scholarship, Lorria has widely been agreed to be Gia Bella Filliarus, a well-connected aristocratic women, sister to the Governor of Ardennia Gaius Orranius Filliarus. Throughout the collection of poetry, Aullus charts his relationship with Lorria, describing the mixed and ever changing emotions he feels: euphoria, excitement, doubt, crushing despair and emptiness.

A reference in Poem 34 suggests that Aullus stood for and obtained a seat in the Senate. However, as no biography of Aullus survives from antiquity, it is difficult to piece together his non-literary life from the various references he makes in his poetry. It seems plausible, however, that in the 5240’s he decided to retire from politics, as most of his poetry comes from this period.

Poetry

The Aullan corpus of poetry survives as a collection of some 93 poems, or ‘’carminae’’. There is still debate as to whether this collection includes all of Aullus’ published poetry, and to whether Aullus himself organised his poetry into the form we have today. Many scholars argue that it was in fact the work of a later editor after the poet died.

The collection can be divided into both thematic and metrical groupings (although not all poems directly fit these categories):

  • Erotic poems – primarily in the first half of the collection, the erotic poetry about Lorria are mostly written in elegiac couplets. These poems also mention erotic and romantic relationships with other women and a number of homosexual cases, primarily pederastic.
  • Mythological poems – dotted throughout the collection, these poems focus on mythological and pseudo-historical themes. They are written in both dactylic hexameter and hendecasyllabic verse.
  • Commentary poems – Primarily found in the latter half of the collection, the so called ‘commentaries’ are poems focused on contemporaneous events, including political, military and religious themes. They are written mostly in elegiac couplets.

Influence

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