Lucretian Receptions: History, the Sublime, Knowledge / Edition 1

Lucretian Receptions: History, the Sublime, Knowledge / Edition 1

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by Philip Hardie
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521760410

ISBN-13: 9780521760416

Pub. Date: 12/31/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Lucretius' 'De rerum natura', one of the greatest Latin poems, worked a powerful fascination on Virgil and Horace, and continued to be an important model for later poets in antiquity and after, including Milton. This innovative set of studies on the reception of Lucretius is organized round three major themes: history and time, the sublime, and knowledge. The 'De

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Lucretius' 'De rerum natura', one of the greatest Latin poems, worked a powerful fascination on Virgil and Horace, and continued to be an important model for later poets in antiquity and after, including Milton. This innovative set of studies on the reception of Lucretius is organized round three major themes: history and time, the sublime, and knowledge. The 'De rerum natura' was foundational for Augustan poets' dealings with history and time in the new age of the principate. It is also a major document in the history of the sublime; Virgil and Horace engage with the Lucretian sublime in ways that exercised a major influence on the sublime in later antique and Renaissance literature. The 'De rerum natura' presents a confident account of the ultimate truths of the universe; later didactic and epic poets respond with varying degrees of certainty or uncertainty to the challenge of Lucretius' Epicurean gospel.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521760416
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/31/2009
Pages:
316
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; Part I. Time, History, Culture: 1. Cultural and historical narratives in Virgil's Eclogues and Lucretius; 2. Virgilian and Horatian didactic: freedom and innovation; Part II. Sublime Visions: 3. Virgil's Fama and the Lucretian and Ennian sublime; 4. The Speech of Pythagoras in Ovid Metamorphoses 15: Empedoclean epos; 5. Lucretian visions in Virgil; 6. Horace's sublime yearnings; Lucretian ironies; Part III. Certainties and Uncertainties: 7. Lucretian multiple explanations and their reception in Latin didactic and epic; 8. The presence of Lucretius in Paradise Lost.

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