Myth and Poetry in Lucretius
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Myth and Poetry in Lucretius by Monica R. Gale
Book DescriptionThe employment of mythological language and imagery by an Epicurean poet - an adherent of a system 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 between reason and intellect, or to a desire to enliven his philosophical material with mythological digressions. This book attempts to provide a more positive assessment of Lucretius' aims and methodology by considering the poet's attitude to myth, and the role which it plays in the De Rerum Natura, against the background of earlier and contemporary views. The author suggests that Lucretius was not only aware of the tension between his two roles as philosopher and poet, but attempted to resolve it by developing his own, Epicurean poetic, together with a bold and innovative theory of the origins and meaning of myth.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521451352
(216mm x 138mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 10-Mar-1994
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Monica R. Gale
Oxford Readings in Lucretius, Hardback (September 2007)
A collection of important scholarly articles on the Roman poet Lucretius, whose philosophical epic, the De Rerum Natura or On the Nature of the Universe (c.55 BC), seeks to convince its readers of the validity of the rationalist theories of Epicurus. An Introduction contextualizes the essays, and all Greek and Latin is translated.
Myth and Poetry in Lucretius, Paperback (May 2007)
Assesses Lucretius' aims and methodology by considering his attitude to myth and its role in the De Rerum Natura.
Virgil on the Nature of Things, Paperback (November 2006)
This book explores the relationship between the Georgics and earlier works in the didactic tradition.
Lucretius and the Didactic Epic, Paperback (December 2001)» View all books by Monica R. Gale
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.
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