Lucan's Bellum Civile: Between Epic Tradition and Aesthetic Innovation

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Nicola Hömke, Christiane Reitz
Walter de Gruyter, 2010 - History - 240 pages
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Lucan s Bellum Civile is one of the most impressive and unusual works of Silver Age Latin literature, and has been the subject of much research in recent years. In this volume well-known experts on Lucan examine the poetological, narratological and stylistic techniques the author employed to write on the theme of civil war. The epic poem is at once both conforms to and exceeds the tradition of the genre, and confronts its readers with a new kind of aesthetic."
  

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Contents

Quintilian and Lucan
1
Lucans Ilioupersis Narrative Patterns from the Fall of Troy in Book 2 of the Bellum civile
17
Die Gestalt Julias in der Pharsalia Lukans
39
Caesars Voice and Caesarian Voices
53
Speeches at War
71
Bit by Bit Towards Death Lucans Scaeva and the Aesthetisization of Dying
91
plus quam visibilia Lukans suggestive Nichtbeschreibungen
105
Medusa Antaeus and Caesar Libycus
119
Medusa and Cato in Lucan Pharsalia 9
135
Stoische Erneuerung der epischen Tradition Der Bürgerkrieg als Schicksal und die Entscheidungsfreiheit zum Verbrechen
155
und es bewegt sich doch Der Automatismus des abgehackten Gliedes
175
Backmatter
191
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Nicola Homke and Christiane Reitz, University of Rostock.

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