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S. J. Heyworth

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199218035

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199218035.001.0001

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Didaxis, Rhetoric, and the Law in Lucretius

Didaxis, Rhetoric, and the Law in Lucretius

(p.63) 4 Didaxis, Rhetoric, and the Law in Lucretius
Classical Constructions

Alessandro Schiesaro

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses certain constitutive features of Lucretius’ poem in connection with specific aspects of Roman culture in his times. This type of investigation has never been overly popular in the case of the De rerum natura, perhaps as a reaction to Benjamin Farrington’s rather extreme, if generous, promotion of Lucretius to the position of radical political champion. In more recent times the welcome, indeed dramatic, increase in our knowledge of Epicurus and Epicureanism has inevitably catalysed the interest of scholars.

Keywords:   Lucretius, Roman culture, De rerum natura, Benjamin Farrington

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