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Thunder and Lament

Lucan on the Beginnings and Ends of Epic

Timothy A. Joseph

Thunder and Lament

Thunder and Lament

Lucan on the Beginnings and Ends of Epic

Thunder and Lament

 

Thunder and Lament is the first book-length study of Lucan's engagement with the Homeric poems and the works of early Latin epic.


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Lucan's epic poem Pharsalia tells the story of the cataclysmic "end of Rome" through the victory of Julius Caesar and Caesarism in the civil wars of 49-48 BCE. In Thunder and Lament, Timothy Joseph examines how Lucan's poetic agenda moves in lockstep with his narrative arc, as the poet fashions the Pharsalia to mark the momentous end of the epic genre. To accomplish the closure of the genre, Lucan engages pervasively and polemically with
the very first works of Greek and Roman epic - inverting, collapsing, undoing, and completing tropes and themes introduced in Homer's Iliad and Odyssey and in the foundational Latin epic poems by Livius Andronicus, Naevius, and most of all Ennius.

Thunder and Lament is the first book-length study of Lucan's engagement with the Homeric poems and the works of early Latin epic. By focusing on Lucan's effort to "surpass the poets of old" - a phrase the poet Statius would use of his achievement - this study deepens our appreciation of Lucan's poetic accomplishment and of the tensions between beginning and ending that lie at the heart of the epic genre. Statius also read Lucan as a poet who both "thunders" and "laments", and Joseph
argues that Lucan closes off epic's beginnings through gestures of thundering poetic violence and also through a transformation and completion of the conventional epic mode of lament. Equipped with these two registers of closure, each engaging and taking aim at epic's primal texts, Lucan positions the Pharsalia
as epic's final song.


ISBN
9780197582145
Pagina's
304
Verschenen
NUR
320
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP USA

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