Philodemus and Poetry: Poetic Theory and Practice in Lucretius, Philodemus, and Horace

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Oxford University Press, 1995 - Social Science - 316 pages
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This is an edited collection by a distinguished team of scholars on the philosopher and poet Philodemus of Gadara (ca. 110-40 BC). The discovery of his library at Herculaneum, and the editing and gradual publication of the material, has reawakened interest in the philosophical and historical importance of his work. Philodemus presents us with a poetic theory of interest in itself, and several of his treatises provide us with instances of how poetry was seen as providing moral paradigms and guidance. These essays explore the many facets of Philodemus's work and the relationship between them, offering a critical survey of recent trends and developments in scholarship on Philodemus in particular and Hellenistic literary theory in general.
 

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Contents

1 Framing the Margins of Philodemus and Poetry
3
2 Epicurean Poetics
15
Response and Dialogue
35
4 The Epicurean Philosopher as Hellenistic Poet
42
5 The Alleged Impossibility of Philosophical Poetry
58
6 Reconstructing Philodemus On Poems
69
The History of an Evasion
97
8 Philodemus on Censorship Moral Utility and Formalism in Poetry
148
Philodemus and Lucretius on Form and Content in Poetry
210
12 Satire as Poetry and the Impossibility of Metathesis in Horaces Satires
233
Appendix 1 Philodemus On Poems Book 5
255
A Classified Bibliography
270
General Bibliography
282
Contributors
289
Index of Passages Discussed
291
Index of Greek and Latin Words
298

9 Philodemus on the Technicity of Rhetoric
178
10 How to Read Poetry about Gods
189

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Dirk Obbink is at Barnard College, Columbia University.

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