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Author Joseph, Timothy A., author.

Title Thunder and lament : Lucan on the beginnings and ends of epic / Timothy A. Joseph
Published New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2022]


Description 1 online resource
Summary "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. This book argues that Lucan's poetic agenda moves in lockstep with his narrative arc, as he fashions the Pharsalia to mark the momentous end of the epic genre. In order to accomplish the closure of the genre, Lucan engages pervasively and polemically with the very first works of Greek and Roman epic - inverting, undoing, and closing off many of the 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. By looking at Lucan's effort to "surpass the poets of old" - a phrase Statius would use of his achievement - this study broadens our appreciation of Lucan's poetic ambitions and accomplishment. Statius also read Lucan as a poet who both thunders and laments, and this book makes the case that Lucan closes off epic's beginnings through not just gestures of thundering poetic violence but also a transformation and expansion of the traditional epic mode of lament. In his story of violent Roman self-destruction and the lamentation that accompanies it, Lucan at the same time uproots and marks the end of the epic song"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Chiefly in English; some passages in Latin with English translation
Description based on online resource; title from home page (Oxford Academic, viewed January 25, 2023)
Subject Lucan, 39-65. Pharsalia.
SUBJECT Pharsalia (Lucan) fast
Subject War and literature
Rome -- History -- Civil War, 49-45 B.C. -- Literature and the war
Rome (Empire)
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2021038641
ISBN 9780197582176