Pestilence and the body politic in Latin literature (Book, 2019) [WorldCat.org]
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Pestilence and the body politic in Latin literature

Author: Hunter H Gardner
Publisher: Oxford ; New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Scientists, journalists, novelists, and filmmakers continue to generate narratives of contagion, stories shaped by a tradition of disease discourse that extends to early Greco-Roman literature. Lucretius, Vergil, and Ovid developed important conventions of the western plague narrative as a response to the breakdown of the Roman res publica in the mid-first century CE and the reconstitution of stabilized government  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hunter H Gardner
ISBN: 0198796420 9780198796428
OCLC Number: 1119711287
Description: x, 303 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: Experiments in plague discourse --
Part 1: Tabula rasa: a new kind of plague narrative. 1. Roman pestilence: tenor and vehicle --
2. Livy, Pestilentia, and the pathologies of class strife --
Part 2: Experiments in apocalyptic thinking. 3. Human and civic corpora in Lucretius' Athenian plague --
4. Plague, civil war, and epochal evolution in Vergil's georgics --
5. Ovid's origin of the myrmidons and the new Augustan order --
Part 3: Transmitting roman plague. 6. Imperial Receptions: Lucan, Seneca, and Silius Italicus --
7. Relapse: transmitting roman plague in the west
Responsibility: Hunter H. Gardner.

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Roman writers of the late Roman Republic and early Empire developed important conventions of the western plague narrative as a response to the destabilization of the body politic. This volume  Read more...

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...this outstanding work has already changed our knowledge of the late Republican imagery of the pestilence in the political culture and discourses. It is now a must-read for any future research on Read more...

 
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