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

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

by Dirk Obbink
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195088158

ISBN-13: 9780195088151

Pub. Date: 06/28/1995

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Building on recent advances in the reconstruction of the charred papyri of Philodemus of Gadara (ca. 110-40 B.C.) excavated from the Villa of the Papyri at Herculaneum, this volume presents eleven new chapters in the history of literary criticism in antiquity. The essays, written by noted scholars, treat the papyrus texts of Philodemus' treatises on poetry and the…  See more details below

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Building on recent advances in the reconstruction of the charred papyri of Philodemus of Gadara (ca. 110-40 B.C.) excavated from the Villa of the Papyri at Herculaneum, this volume presents eleven new chapters in the history of literary criticism in antiquity. The essays, written by noted scholars, treat the papyrus texts of Philodemus' treatises on poetry and the related subjects of rhetoric and music, establishing links with his Roman contemporaries Lucretius, Catullus, Horace, and Vergil. The study offers a critical survey of current trends and developments in recent scholarship on Philodemus in particular and Hellenistic literary theory in general. The volume contains a complete translation of a new text of Philodemus' On Poems book 5. Individual essays evaluate the philosophical and historical importance of these Epicurean treatises and of Philodemus as a literary theorist, as they document connections between Greek philosophy and Roman literary production in the first century B.C. The recent papyrus discoveries of Ennius, Lucretius, and Posidippus make this an especially topical volume.

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ISBN-13:
9780195088151
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/28/1995
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.97(d)
Lexile:
1540L (what's this?)

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