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Philodemus and Poetry : Poetic Theory and Practice in Lucretius, Philodemus, and Horace - Dirk Obbink

Philodemus and Poetry

Poetic Theory and Practice in Lucretius, Philodemus, and Horace

By: Dirk Obbink (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 8th June 1995
ISBN: 9780195088151
Number Of Pages: 336

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Building on recent advances in the reconstruction of the charred Papyri of Philodemus excavated from the Villa of the Papyri at Herculaneum, this volume presents eleven new chapters in the history of literary criticism in antiquity. Philodemus of Gadara (c.110-40 BC) shares with his Roman contemporaries Lucretius and Horace the fact that all excelled in the production of poetry, while all three were (at some stage in their careers) adherents of Epicureanism. Designed to offer a critical survey of trends and developments in recent scholarship on Philodemus in particular, and Hellenistic literary theory in general, the essays treat the newly published and re-edited papyrus texts of Philodemus' treatises on poetry and the related subjects of rhetoric and music. In addition, the volume contains a complete translation of a new text of Philodemus' On Poems book 5. The essays evaluate the philosophical and historical importance of these Epicurean treatises and of Philodemus as a literary theorist, and document connections between Greek philosophy and Roman literary production in the first century BC. The recent papyrus discoveries of Ennius, Lucretius, and Posidippus make this volume especially topical. Philodemus was himself a poet of considerable repute. His Epigrams were noticed by Cicero and have been shown to have influenced the poetry of his younger contemporaries Catullus, Vergil, and Horace. As a literary critic, Philodemus embraced a formalism which denied both the moral utility of poems and the separability of content from poetic form. At the same time Philodemus, especially for the benefit of his wealthy patron Piso, sought to demonstrate the convergence of the Epicurean and the traditionally poetic, to show how Homer's poetry, for example, could be seen as providing moral and political paradigms and personal guidance for the potential ruler. How Philodemus attempted to reconcile this position with standard Epicurean views and his own rejection of the moral utility of poetry is a question explored by the essays in this volume.

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"an indispensable tool for scholars beginning to delve into what may be Herculaneum's most valuable treasures."--Bryn Mawr Classical Review. "An extremely useful discussion of the poetics of Philodemus of Gadara...Highly recommended."--Religious Studies Review "an indispensable tool for scholars beginning to delve into what may be Herculaneum's most valuable treasures."--Bryn Mawr Classical Review. "An extremely useful discussion of the poetics of Philodemus of Gadara...Highly recommended."--Religious Studies Review

Prefacep. vii
Abbreviationsp. xiii
Framing the Margins of Philodemus and Poetryp. 3
Epicurean Poeticsp. 15
Epicurean Poetics: Response and Dialoguep. 35
The Epicurean Philosopher as Hellenistic Poetp. 42
The Alleged Impossibility of Philosophical Poetryp. 58
Reconstructing Philodemus' on Poemsp. 69
Content and Form in Philodemus: The History of an Evasionp. 97
Philodemus on Censorship, Moral Utility, and Formalism in Poetryp. 148
Philodemus on the Technicity of Rhetoricp. 178
How to Read Poetry About Godsp. 189
The Impossibility of Metathesis: Philodemus and Lucretius on Form and Content in Poetryp. 210
Satire as Poetry and the Impossibility of Metathesis in Horace's Satiresp. 233
Philodemus, on Poems Book 5p. 255
Philodemus on Poetics, Usic, and Rhetoric: a Classified Bibliographyp. 270
General Bibliographyp. 282
Contributorsp. 289
Index of Passages Discussedp. 291
Index of Greek and Latin Wordsp. 298
General Indexp. 302
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ISBN: 9780195088151
ISBN-10: 0195088158
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 8th June 1995
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.42 x 16.1  x 2.92
Weight (kg): 0.65

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