The Cambridge Companion to Lucretius
  • The Cambridge Companion to Lucretius
  • The Cambridge Companion to Lucretius

The Cambridge Companion to Lucretius

by Stuart Gillespie
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521848016

ISBN-13: 9780521848015

Pub. Date: 11/30/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Lucretius' didactic poem De rerum natura ('On the Nature of Things') is an impassioned and visionary presentation of the materialist philosophy of Epicurus, and one of the most powerful poetic texts of antiquity. After its rediscovery in 1417 it became a controversial and seminal work in successive phases of literary history, the history of science, and the…  See more details below

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Lucretius' didactic poem De rerum natura ('On the Nature of Things') is an impassioned and visionary presentation of the materialist philosophy of Epicurus, and one of the most powerful poetic texts of antiquity. After its rediscovery in 1417 it became a controversial and seminal work in successive phases of literary history, the history of science, and the Enlightenment. In this Cambridge Companion, experts in the history of literature, philosophy and science discuss the poem in its ancient contexts and in its reception both as a literary text and as a vehicle for progressive ideas. The Companion is designed both as a handbook for the general reader who wishes to learn about Lucretius, and as a series of stimulating essays for students of classical antiquity and its reception. It is completely accessible to the reader who has read Lucretius only in translation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521848015
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/30/2007
Series:
Cambridge Companions to Literature Series
Pages:
382
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents


List of illustrations     viii
List of contributors     x
Preface     xiv
Introduction   Stuart Gillespie   Philip Hardie     1
Antiquity
Lucretius and Greek philosophy   James Warren     19
Lucretius and the Herculaneum library   Dirk Obbink     33
Lucretius and Roman politics and history   Alessandro Schiesaro     41
Lucretius and previous poetic traditions   Monica Gale     59
Lucretian architecture: the structure and argument of the De rerum natura   Joseph Farrell     76
Lucretian texture: style, metre and rhetoric in the De rerum natura   E. J. Kenney     92
Lucretius and later Latin literature in antiquity   Philip Hardie     111
Themes
Lucretius and the history of science   Monte Johnson   Catherine Wilson     131
Moral and political philosophy: readings of Lucretius from Virgil to Voltaire   Reid Barbour     149
Lucretius and the sublime   James I. Porter     167
Religion and enlightenment in the neo-Latin reception of Lucretius   Yasmin Haskell     185
Reception
Lucretius in the Middle Ages and early Renaissance: transmission and scholarship   Michael Reeve     205
Lucretius in the Italian Renaissance   Valentina Prosperi     214
Lucretius in early modern France   Philip Ford     227
Lucretius in the English Renaissance   Stuart Gillespie     242
The English voices of Lucretius from Lucy Hutchinson to John Mason Good   David Hopkins     254
Lucretius in the European Enlightenment   Eric Baker     274
Lucretius in Romantic and Victorian Britain   Martin Priestman     289
Lucretius and the moderns   Stuart Gillespie   Donald MacKenzie     306
Dateline     325
List of works cited     327
Index of main Lucretian passages discussed     357
General index     358

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