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Lucan's Imperial World: The Bellum Civile in its Contemporary Contexts

Lucan's Imperial World: The Bellum Civile in its Contemporary Contexts
  

These new essays comprise the first collective study of Lucan and his epic poem that focuses specifically on points of contact between his text and the cultural, literary, and historical environments in which he lived and wrote. The Bellum Civile, Lucan's poetic narrative of the ... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781350097414
Barcode 9781350097414
Release Date 6 February 2020 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format Hardback
Author(s) Edited by Zientek, Laura
Edited by Thorne, Mark
Availability Available for pre-order, ships once internationally released 6 Feb 2020

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ISBN-13 9781350097414
ISBN-10 1350097411
Stock Release date is 6 February 2020
Status Available for pre-order, ships once internationally released 6 Feb 2020
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Imprint Bloomsbury Academic
Release Date 6 February 2020
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) Edited by Zientek, Laura
Edited by Thorne, Mark
Category Other Prose: Classical, Early & Medieval
World History: BCE To C 500 CE
Ancient Western Philosophy To C 500
Number of Pages 272
Dimensions Width: 156mm
Height: 234mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
ONIX Text College/higher education
Dewey Code Not specified
Catalogue Code Not specified

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These new essays comprise the first collective study of Lucan and his epic poem that focuses specifically on points of contact between his text and the cultural, literary, and historical environments in which he lived and wrote. The Bellum Civile, Lucan's poetic narrative of the monumental civil war between Julius Caesar and Pompey Magnus, explores the violent foundations of the Roman principate and the Julio-Claudian dynasty. The poem, composed more than a century later during the reign of Nero, thus recalls the past while being very much a product of its time. This volume offers innovative readings that seek to interpret Lucan's epic in terms of the contemporary politics, philosophy, literature, rhetoric, geography, and cultural memory of the author's lifetime. In doing so, these studies illuminate how approaching Lucan and his text in light of their contemporary environments enriches our understanding of author, text, and context individually and in conversation with each other.

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Author's Bio

Laura Zientek is Visiting Assistant Professor of Classical Studies at Brigham Young University, USA. Her research focuses on the intersection of landscape representation and natural philosophy in Roman epic poetry, as well as on poetic treatments of natural and built environments and the sublime as a multi-sensory aesthetic experience. Mark Thorne is Visiting Assistant Professor of Classical Studies at Brigham Young University, USA. His work centres on Lucan and other representations of the Roman civil wars from the perspectives of cultural memory and trauma studies, with a special interest in the memory of Cato Uticensis in the early Roman empire.

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