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Classical Traditions in Modern Fantasy$
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Brett M. Rogers and Benjamin Eldon Stevens

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190610050

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190610050.001.0001

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Classical Antiquity and the Timeless Horrors of H. P. Lovecraft

Classical Antiquity and the Timeless Horrors of H. P. Lovecraft

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(p.92) 4 Classical Antiquity and the Timeless Horrors of H. P. Lovecraft
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Classical Traditions in Modern Fantasy
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Robinson Peter Krämer

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190610050.003.0005

Robinson Krä SET Font:'Times New Roman' \* MERGEFORMAT mer, in “Classical Antiquity and the Timeless Horrors of H. P. Lovecraft,” reminds us of the importance of a closely related genre, horror, by surveying classical materials in Lovecraft, not only in his ‘weird fiction’ but also in documentary evidence regarding his life and education. In this chapter, Krä SET Font:'Times New Roman' \* MERGEFORMAT mer first analyzes Lovecraft’s passion for classical antiquity in his childhood, arguing that his interest in Greeks and Romans leads directly to the beginning of his writings and world-view. Second, Krä SET Font:'Times New Roman' \* MERGEFORMAT mer examines some of Lovecraft’s early tales in which classical antiquity serves as a setting. Discussing Lovecraft’s use of ancient languages, classical quotations, and repeated motifs, Krä SET Font:'Times New Roman' \* MERGEFORMAT mer argues that such elements from Greek and Roman literature play a large role in establishing Lovecraft’s trademark atmosphere of terrifying sublimity and timeless horror.

Keywords:   Classical quotation, Cthulhu, Horror, Lovecraft, H. P, Weird fiction, Virgil

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