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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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The Representation of the Domestic in Marius the Epicurean

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Pater the Classicist

Shelley Hales

Oxford University Press

The domestic sphere is metaphorically and practically central to Pater’s Marius the Epicurean as Marius’ journey towards self-knowledge is reflected in the architecture and atmosphere of a series of domestic locations. Moreover, Marius’ personal struggles are set within a vast time- and space-scape that is itself domesticized: the glories of Rome recalled by the ruins of Cicero’s villa, and a Christian Europe portended by imagined German cottages on the frontier. Investigating Pater’s presentation of these spaces, the ways in which he transfigures Roman literary descriptions of villa and domus and moral debates about their significance and binds them to contemporary notions of the domestic becomes key to enriching our appreciation both of the narrative of the novel and the nature of the antiquity (and its relationship to modernity) imagined within it.

Keywords:   Pater, Rome, Marius, domesticity, house, ecphrasis

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