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How to Read a Latin PoemIf You Can't Read Latin Yet$
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William Fitzgerald

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199657865

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199657865.001.0001

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Lucan and Seneca: Poets of Apocalypse

Lucan and Seneca: Poets of Apocalypse

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(p.181) 5 Lucan and Seneca: Poets of Apocalypse
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How to Read a Latin Poem
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William Fitzgerald

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199657865.003.0006

This chapter presents two heroes who believe in what they do with the utmost conviction. They are both monsters. Nobody who reads the two works considered here can deny that their authors are inspired to the heights of poetic sublimity by their terrifying protagonists. Lucan's Civil War and Seneca's Thyestes can be taken as the originals of all those literary works that have been said to be ‘of the devil's party’, starting with Milton's Paradise Lost, which owes much to Lucan.

Keywords:   Latin poetry, Latin poets, Civil War, Thyestes, poetic sublimity

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