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Hardie, Philip R
Lucretian receptions : history, the sublime, knowledge / Philip Hardie
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, c2009
book jacket
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 4th Floor  PA6029.P45 H37 2009    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Didactic poetry, Latin -- History and criticism
Epic poetry, Latin -- History and criticism
Subject Lucretius Carus, Titus. De rerum natura
Lucretius Carus, Titus -- Influence
Virgil -- Criticism and interpretation
Horace -- Criticism and interpretation
Subject(s) History in literature
Sublime, The, in literature
Knowledge, Theory of, in literature
Epicureans (Greek philosophy)
Physical Description ix, 306 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 280-296) and indexes
Contents Cultural and historical narratives in Virgil's Eclogues and Lucretius -- Virgilian and Horatian didactic : freedom and innovation -- Virgil's Fama and the sublime -- The speech of Pythagoras in Ovid Metamorphoses 15 : Empedoclean epos -- Lucretian visions in Virgil -- Horace's sublime yearnings : Lucretian ironies -- Lucretian multiple explanations and their reception in Latin didactic and epic -- The presence of Lucretius in Paradise lost
Summary "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"--Provided by publisher

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