Anatomizing Civil War: Studies in Lucan's Epic Technique by Martin Dinter

By Martin Dinter

Imperial Latin epic has visible a renaissance of scholarly curiosity. This publication illuminates the paintings of the poet Lucan, a latest of the emperor Nero who as nephew of the imperial adviser Seneca moved within the higher echelons of Neronian society. This younger and maverick poet, whom Nero commanded to dedicate suicide on the age of 26, left an epic poem at the civil conflict among Caesar and Pompey that epitomizes the exuberance and stylistic experimentation of Neronian tradition. This learn specializes in Lucan's epic method and strains his impact throughout the center a long time and the Renaissance.

Martin T. Dinter's most modern quantity engages with Lucan's use of physique imagery, sententiae, Fama (rumor), and open-endedness all through his civil warfare epic. even supposing Lucan's Bellum Civile is often decried as a fragmented in addition to fragmentary epic, this examine demonstrates how Lucan makes use of units except teleology and cohesive narrative constitution to bind jointly the numerous components of his epic body.

Anatomizing Civil War locations at middle degree features of Lucan's paintings that experience thus far been interpreted as over the top, or as indicators of a very rhetorical tradition indicating an absence of substance. via demonstrating that all of them give a contribution to Lucan's poetic strategy, Martin T. Dinter indicates how they play a primary position in shaping and connecting the various episodes of the Bellum Civile that represent Lucan's epic physique. this significant quantity could be of curiosity to scholars of classics and comparative literature in addition to literary students. All Greek and Latin passages were translated.

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