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Pater the ClassicistClassical Scholarship, Reception, and Aestheticism$
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Charles Martindale, Stefano Evangelista, and Elizabeth Prettejohn

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198723417

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723417.001.0001

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Reception, Receptivity, and Anachronism in Marius the Epicurean

Reception, Receptivity, and Anachronism in Marius the Epicurean

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(p.149) 8 Reception, Receptivity, and Anachronism in Marius the Epicurean
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Pater the Classicist
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James I. Porter

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723417.003.0009

Marius the Epicurean is a bold experiment in temporal estrangement. In this work, Pater constructs the past as an unstable object that is comprised of plural temporalities and of multiple pasts and presents that are superimposed one upon the other, reaching into Pater’s own contemporary reality. At once ‘late’ and ‘antique’ and ‘modern’ in relation to both the past and the future, Marius’ world defies ordinary accounting in terms of linear historical time. It is deeply anachronistic. The result is a powerful reappraisal of the interrelated projects of reading the past in the present (reception) and of making sense of oneself as a being that is situated in time (receptivity). Both require the studied practice of anachronism.

Keywords:   anachronism, modernity, reception, Renaissance, temporality

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