By Martin Dinter

Imperial Latin epic has visible a renaissance of scholarly curiosity. This publication 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 battle among Caesar and Pompey that epitomizes the exuberance and stylistic experimentation of Neronian tradition. This research makes a speciality of Lucan's epic procedure and strains his impact in the course of the heart 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 battle 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 various elements of his epic body.

Anatomizing Civil War locations at middle degree features of Lucan's paintings that experience to date been interpreted as over the top, or as indicators of an excessively rhetorical tradition indicating a scarcity of substance. by means of demonstrating that all of them give a contribution to Lucan's poetic procedure, Martin T. Dinter indicates 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 might 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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