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Myth and poetry in Lucretius

Author: Monica Gale
Publisher: Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1994.
Series: Cambridge classical studies.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The employment of mythological language and imagery by an Epicurean poet - a professed adherent of a system which was not only materialist, but overtly hostile to myth and poetry - is highly paradoxical. This apparent contradiction has often been ascribed to a conflict in the poet's personality, between reason and intellect, or to a desire to enliven his philosophical material with attractive mythological
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Named Person: Titus Lucretius Carus; Titus Lucretius Carus; Lucrèce (0098?-0055 av. J.-C.).; Lucrèce; Lucrèce
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Monica Gale
ISBN: 0521451353 9780521451352
OCLC Number: 28065521
Notes: Revision of the author's thesis (Ph. D.)--Cambridge, 1991.
Description: xiv, 260 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: 1. The philosophical background: Greek myth and mythology. The criticism of myth in antiquity. Allegory and allegorism. Lucretius and the mythological tradition. Personification and allegory in the De Rerum Natura. Impiety and irrationality. Parmenides and Empedocles --
Appendix 1: Euhemerism --
Appendix 2: Allegory in art --
2. The cultural background: myth and belief in late Republican Rome. Myth and theology. Myth and history --
3. The literary background: the De Rerum Natura as epic --
4. Lucretius' theory of myth. The origins of myth. Avia Pieridum loca: poetry and truth --
5. Latent myth in the De Rerum Natura. Zoogony and Kulturgeschichte (5.783-1457). Other examples of latent myth. The deification of Epicurus --
6. The proem and the plague --
Conclusion: myth as a poetic and philosophical tool.
Series Title: Cambridge classical studies.
Responsibility: Monica Gale.
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