Lucan: Spectacle and Engagement

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Clarendon Press, 1997 - 366
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Matthew Leigh takes as his guiding theme the unusual prominence of spectacle and of spectators in the Pharsalia. Why does Lucan so often indict the complicity or apathy of characters who would sooner watch the action than engage? What is behind the determination of Caesar's men to turn the civil war into a theatrical display for the benefit of their general? In answering these questions, Dr Leigh reveals the richness and breadth of imagination of a poet who does not just compose a coruscating anti-Aeneid, but is also profoundly aware of his relationship with the historical, rhetorical, and philosophical traditions of Rome. By Studying the tension between the narrator's impassioned interventions against history and his characters' often manic zeal to transform civil war into performance, this work discovers a Lucan who is as funny as he is serious, as reflective as he is committed.
 

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Introduction
1
Passionate Viewing in the Spanish Campaign
41
PharsalusWishing and Watching
77
PompeyThe View from the Hill
110
ScaevaLucans Exemplary Hero
158
The Crazy GangWatching Caesars Centurions
191
A View to a KillLucans Amphitheatrical Audience
234
EpilogueEcstatic Vision and the Tyrants Spectacle
292
Apostrophe
307
The Future Tense in Latin Epic Narrative
325
Index Locorum
347
Index Rerum et Nominium 359
361
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Informacje o autorze (1997)

Matthew Leigh is at University of Exeter.

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