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Science and Poetry in Imperial Rome: Manilius, Lucan, and the Aetna

Patrick Glauthier

Title:
Science and Poetry in Imperial Rome: Manilius, Lucan, and the Aetna
Author(s):
Glauthier, Patrick
Thesis Advisor(s):
Williams, Gareth David
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Dissertations
Department:
Classics
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Ph.D., Columbia University.
Abstract:
This dissertation examines the relationship between scientific inquiry and hexameter poetry at Rome in the first century CE. It focuses on three poetic texts: Manilius' Astronomica, Lucan's Civil War, and the anonymous Aetna. It argues that despite generic and thematic differences, these works participate in a common dialogue and therefore can benefit from being read side by side. In particular, the dissertation demonstrates that all three authors reflect on the ability of poetry to communicate scientific knowledge, and that they simultaneously question or undermine the practical value of that knowledge. As a result, it allows us to see that scientific inquiry itself constitutes a dynamic and multifaceted area of creative literary activity in Early Imperial Rome.
Subject(s):
Classical studies
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