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Lucretian Receptions: History, the Sublime, Knowledge (Philip Hardie) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2010) 9780521760416
Lucretian Receptions: History, the Sublime, Knowledge (Philip Hardie) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2010) 9780521760416
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Title: Lucretian Receptions: History, the Sublime, Knowledge

Author: Hardie, Philip

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2010

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780521760416

Volumes: 1; Pages: 316

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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.ContentsIntroductionPart I. Time, History, Culture1. Cultural and historical narratives in Virgil's Eclogues and Lucretius2. Virgilian and Horatian didactic: freedom and innovationPart II. Sublime Visions3. Virgil's Fama and the Lucretian and Ennian sublime4. The Speech of Pythagoras in Ovid Metamorphoses 15: Empedoclean epos5. Lucretian visions in Virgil6. Horace's sublime yearnings; Lucretian ironiesPart III. Certainties and Uncertainties7. Lucretian multiple explanations and their reception in Latin didactic and epic8. The presence of Lucretius in Paradise Lost
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