New PDF release: Anatomizing Civil War: Studies in Lucan's Epic Technique

By Martin Dinter

Imperial Latin epic has noticeable a renaissance of scholarly curiosity. This booklet illuminates the paintings of the poet Lucan, a modern of the emperor Nero who as nephew of the imperial adviser Seneca moved within the top echelons of Neronian society. This younger and maverick poet, whom Nero commanded to devote suicide on the age of 26, left an epic poem at the civil warfare among Caesar and Pompey that epitomizes the exuberance and stylistic experimentation of Neronian tradition. This learn specializes in Lucan's epic process and lines his impression during the heart a long time and the Renaissance.

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

Anatomizing Civil War areas at middle level features of Lucan's paintings that experience to this point been interpreted as over the top, or as signs of a very rhetorical tradition indicating an absence of substance. via demonstrating that all of them give a contribution to Lucan's poetic method, Martin T. Dinter exhibits how they play a primary function in shaping and connecting the numerous 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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