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By Henry J. M. Day

this can be the 1st systematic research of the chic in Lucan. Drawing upon renewed serious curiosity within the culture of philosophical aesthetics, the e-book argues that the class of the elegant deals a method of relocating past readings of Lucan's epic poem Bellum Civile when it comes to political dedication or nihilism. Demonstrating in discussion with theorists from Burke and Kant to Freud, Lyotard and Ankersmit the ongoing power of Longinus' foundational treatise at the chic, it charts Lucan's complicated and instructive exploration of the connection among sublimity and moral discourses of freedom and oppression. via its illustration of the apocalypse of civil warfare and metapoetic bills of its personal genesis, via its heated linguistic texture and proclaimed results upon destiny readers and, such a lot powerfully of all, via its illustration of its dual protagonists Caesar and Pompey, the Bellum Civile emerges as a relevant textual content within the historical past of the sublime.

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