Didaxis, Rhetoric, and the Law in Lucretius

Alessandro Schiesaro

in Classical Constructions

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9780199218035
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191711534 | DOI:
Didaxis, Rhetoric, and the Law in Lucretius

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This chapter discusses certain constitutive features of Lucretius’ poem in connection with specific aspects of Roman culture in his times. This type of investigation has never been overly popular in the case of the De rerum natura, perhaps as a reaction to Benjamin Farrington’s rather extreme, if generous, promotion of Lucretius to the position of radical political champion. In more recent times the welcome, indeed dramatic, increase in our knowledge of Epicurus and Epicureanism has inevitably catalysed the interest of scholars.

Keywords: Lucretius; Roman culture; De rerum natura; Benjamin Farrington

Chapter.  10883 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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