<i>Natura narratur</i>: Tullius Laurea’s Elegy for Cicero (Pliny, <i>Nat</i>. 31.8)

Llewelyn Morgan

in Classical Constructions

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9780199218035
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191711534 | DOI:
Natura narratur: Tullius Laurea’s Elegy for Cicero (Pliny, Nat. 31.8)

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This chapter explores the poem of Tullius Laurea from a number of angles — literary-critical, sociohistorical, archaeological, literary-theoretical — but and also addresses its most striking feature, and that is its abnormally marked connection to physical nature. It argues that ‘consecration’ of the name of Cicero is precisely what Laurea’s poem helped to achieve.

Keywords: Cicero; Pliny the Elder; Tullius Laurea; physical nature

Chapter.  11331 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical Literature

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