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War, Liberty, and CaesarResponses to Lucan's Bellum Ciuile, ca. 1580 - 1650$
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Edward Paleit

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199602988

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199602988.001.0001

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Lucan in Controversy: Poetry, History, and Truth

Lucan in Controversy: Poetry, History, and Truth

(p.53) 2 Lucan in Controversy: Poetry, History, and Truth
War, Liberty, and Caesar

Edward Paleit

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses how the reception of Aristotle’s Poetics, particularly in early sixteenth-century Italy, revived ancient concerns over Lucan’s generic status, and shows how the friction between the categories of ‘poetry’ and ‘history’ - however confusingly defined and understood - continued to affect English responses to the Bellum Ciuile until well into mid-seventeenth century England. Among other engagements it examines in detail the role of the poetry-history debate over Lucan in relation to Samuel Daniel’s complex and unfinished verse history The Civil Wars (ca. 1595 – 1609), Thomas Farnaby’s commentary on Lucan of 1618, and Thomas May’s responses to Lucan of the late 1620s.

Keywords:   Thomas Farnaby, Samuel Daniel, Thomas May, renaissance literary theory, poetics, theories of history, renaissance humanism, aristotle’s Poetics, horace’s Ars Poetica, reception, rhetoric, narrative

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