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Lucretius’ <i>Aratea</i>

Emma Gee

in Aratus and the Astronomical Tradition

Published in print October 2013 | ISBN: 9780199781683
Published online January 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780199345151 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199781683.003.0004

Series: Classical Culture and Society

Lucretius’ Aratea

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In Ch.4, I expand my study of Ciceronian-Aratean influence on Lucretius outwards from the astronomical section of DRN 5, studied in Ch.3, to many other, non-astronomical, passages of the DRN. We will see how the influence of the Aratea extends well beyond the purely astronomical parts of the DRN. Taken together, Chh.3 and 4 paint a picture of ‘polemical allusion’ in respect of Lucetius’ approach to the Aratea. Lucretius alludes to Cicero’s Aratea not only when he is talking about astronomy, but consistently in places where he is at odds with a Stoic or a more generally divinely-determined vision of the world.

Keywords: Aratus; Roman literature; ancient philosophy; Stoicism; Epicureanism; Cicero; Lucretius; De rerum natura (On the Nature of the Universe)

Chapter.  12644 words. 

Subjects: Classical Philosophy

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