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Lucretious & Didactic Epic (Classical World)

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The "De Rerum Natura" of Lucretius (?97-55 BC) is at first sight something of an oddity: a scientific treatise dealing with atomic physics, human biology and the nature of the cosmos, it is at the same time a poem of great power and intensity, one of the most important and influential literary works of its era. This book seeks to resolve the apparent contradiction by locating Lucretius' poem in the context of a very ancient tradition of didactic (or 'teaching') epic. It explores some of the ways in which Lucretius, in this attempt to convince the reader of the truth of his philosophical system, makes the traditional features of epic poetry work for him. And it discusses the poet's subtle interweaving of technical exposition with ethical precept, arguing that the poem offers the reader not just a scientific account of the workings of nature, but also a guide to happiness.

Synopsis:

The "De Rerum Natura" of Lucretius is at first sight something of an oddity: a scientific treatise and at the same time a poem of great power and intensity. This book seeks to resolve the apparent contradiction by locating Lucretius' poem in the context of the ancient tradition of didactic epic.

Synopsis:

Argues that the poem offers the reader not just a scientific account of the workings of nature, but also a guide to happiness.

About the Author

Monica Gale is a Lecturer in Classics, Trinity College, Dublin. Her previous publications include Virgil on the Nature of Things: The Georgics, Lucretius and the Didactic Tradition (CUP, 2000).

Product Details

ISBN:
9781853995576
Author:
Gale, Monica
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Author:
Gale, Monica R.
Location:
London
Subject:
Ancient and Classical
Subject:
Didactic poetry, Latin
Subject:
History & Surveys - Ancient & Classical
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Subject:
Ancient Languages
Subject:
Ancient & Classical
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Classical world series
Series Volume:
no. 213
Publication Date:
20130431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
8.48 x 5.4 x 0.22 in 1 lb

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The "De Rerum Natura" of Lucretius is at first sight something of an oddity: a scientific treatise and at the same time a poem of great power and intensity. This book seeks to resolve the apparent contradiction by locating Lucretius' poem in the context of the ancient tradition of didactic epic.
"Synopsis" by , Argues that the poem offers the reader not just a scientific account of the workings of nature, but also a guide to happiness.
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