Myth and Poetry in Lucretius

Myth and Poetry in Lucretius

by Monica R. Gale

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Myth and Poetry in Lucretius by Monica R. Gale

Lucretius' De Rerum Natura is a philosophical epic, devoted to the exposition of Epicurean philosophy. Since the system was materialistic, and highly critical of myth and poetry, Lucretius' use of mythological language and imagery is surprising. Dr. Gale considers the poem against the background of earlier and contemporary views of myth, and suggests that Lucretius was well aware of the tension between his two roles as poet and philosopher, and attempted to resolve it by developing a bold and innovative theory of myth and poetry.

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ISBN-13: 9780521036801
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 05/21/2007
Series: Cambridge Classical Studies Series
Pages: 276
Product dimensions: 5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.63(d)

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