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Myth and poetry in Lucretius, Monica Gale

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Myth and poetry in Lucretius
Title
Myth and poetry in Lucretius
Statement of responsibility
Monica Gale
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
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 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. Dr Gale 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. This book will be of interest to all classical scholars but especially to those concerned with Lucretius and with ancient philosophy
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DLC
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Gale, Monica
Index
index present
LC call number
PA6484
LC item number
.G35 1994
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Cambridge classical studies
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Lucretius Carus, Titus
  • Lucretius Carus, Titus
  • Didactic poetry, Latin
  • Mythology, Classical, in literature
  • Philosophy, Ancient, in literature
  • Myth in literature
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Myth and poetry in Lucretius, Monica Gale
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Publication
Note
Revision of the author's thesis (Ph. D.)--Cambridge, 1991
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 232-245) and indexes
Contents
  • Euhemerism
  • Appendix 2 :
  • Allegory in art
  • The cultural background : myth and belief in late Republican Rome
  • Myth and theology
  • Myth and history
  • The literary background : the De Rerum Natura as epic
  • Lucretius' theory of myth
  • The origins of myth
  • Avia Pieridum loca : poetry and truth
  • The philosophical background : Greek myth and mythology
  • Latent myth in the De rerum natura
  • Zoogony and Kulturgeschichte (5.783-1457)
  • Other examples of latent myth
  • The deification of Epicurus
  • The proem and the plague
  • Myth as a poetic and philosophical tool
  • 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 Empedocle
  • Appendix 1 :
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xiv, 260 p.
Isbn
9780521451352
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
93017771
System control number
  • 1081858-01okla_normanlaw
  • (SIRSI)1081858
  • (Sirsi) o28065521
  • (OCoLC)28065521
Label
Myth and poetry in Lucretius, Monica Gale
Link
Publication
Note
Revision of the author's thesis (Ph. D.)--Cambridge, 1991
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 232-245) and indexes
Contents
  • Euhemerism
  • Appendix 2 :
  • Allegory in art
  • The cultural background : myth and belief in late Republican Rome
  • Myth and theology
  • Myth and history
  • The literary background : the De Rerum Natura as epic
  • Lucretius' theory of myth
  • The origins of myth
  • Avia Pieridum loca : poetry and truth
  • The philosophical background : Greek myth and mythology
  • Latent myth in the De rerum natura
  • Zoogony and Kulturgeschichte (5.783-1457)
  • Other examples of latent myth
  • The deification of Epicurus
  • The proem and the plague
  • Myth as a poetic and philosophical tool
  • 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 Empedocle
  • Appendix 1 :
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xiv, 260 p.
Isbn
9780521451352
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
93017771
System control number
  • 1081858-01okla_normanlaw
  • (SIRSI)1081858
  • (Sirsi) o28065521
  • (OCoLC)28065521

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