Philodemus and Poetry: Poetic Theory and Practice in Lucretius, Philodemus and Horace

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This is an edited collection by a distinguished team of scholars on the philosopher and poet Philodemus of Gadara (ca. 110-40 BC). The discovery of his library at Herculaneum, and the editing and gradual publication of the material, has reawakened interest in the philosophical and historical importance of his work. Philodemus presents us with a poetic theory of interest in itself, and several of his treatises provide us with instances of how poetry was seen as providing moral paradigms and guidance. These essays explore the many facets of Philodemus's work and the relationship between them, offering a critical survey of recent trends and developments in scholarship on Philodemus in particular and Hellenistic literary theory in general.

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"an indispensable tool for scholars beginning to delve into what may be Herculaneum's most valuable treasures."—Bryn Mawr Classical Review.

"An extremely useful discussion of the poetics of Philodemus of Gadara...Highly recommended."—Religious Studies Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195088151
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/28/1995
  • Pages: 336
  • Lexile: 1540L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.97 (d)

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Barnard College, Columbia University
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Table of Contents

1 Framing the Margins of Philodemus and Poetry 3
2 Epicurean Poetics 15
3 Epicurean Poetics: Response and Dialogue 35
4 The Epicurean Philosopher as Hellenistic Poet 42
5 The Alleged Impossibility of Philosophical Poetry 58
6 Reconstructing Philodemus' On Poems 69
7 Content and Form in Philodemus: The History of an Evasion 97
8 Philodemus on Censorship, Moral Utility, and Formalism in Poetry 148
9 Philodemus on the Technicity of Rhetoric 178
10 How to Read Poetry about Gods 189
11 The Impossibility of Metathesis: Philodemus and Lucretius on Form and Content in Poetry 210
12 Satire as Poetry and the Impossibility of Metathesis in Horace's Satires 233
Appendix 1. Philodemus, On Poems Book 5., Translated by David Armstrong from the edition of Cecilia Mangoni 255
Appendix 2. Philodemus on Poetics, Music, and Rhetoric: A Classified Bibliography 270
General Bibliography 282
Contributors 289
Index of Passages Discussed 291
Index of Greek and Latin Words 298
General Index 302
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