Abstract

Abstract:

This paper discusses Lucan’s reception of Hesiod, indicating how the Roman poet uses his predecessor to his own ends. It deals with the role of Hesiod in Lucan’s view of civil war as a manifestation of cosmic phenomena. Two Lucanian characters are given special emphasis: Figulus and Erictho. The article seeks to identify the effect obtained in specific passages through allusion to Hesiod and explain the importance of Hesiodic paradigms in defining more general structuring patterns in the Bellum Civile, in particular as regards the connections between the political and the cosmic spheres of the war(s) related by Lucan. It argues that the relationship between Lucan and Hesiod is relevant for our interpretation of both poets.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2327-5812
Print ISSN
0009-8353
Pages
pp. 47-79
Launched on MUSE
2021-11-16
Open Access
No
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