Lucan's "Bellum Civile": Between Epic Tradition and by Nicola Hömke, Christiane Reitz

By Nicola Hömke, Christiane Reitz

Lucan??s Bellum Civile is likely one of the such a lot striking and strange works of Silver Age Latin literature, and has been the topic of a lot learn in recent times. during this quantity famous specialists on Lucan learn the poetological, narratological and stylistic ideas the writer hired to write down at the subject of civil struggle. The epic poem is instantaneously either conforms to and exceeds the culture of the style, and confronts its readers with a brand new type of aesthetic.

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Die drei Prophetinnen erscheinen jeweils in 6,507-830; 5,120-236; 1 ,673-695. esar am Rubikon erHebeint (1,183-212), sowie einige mythologische Frauengestal­ ten (Medusa, Agave, Medea, Helena, die Sabinerinnen . . ) und eine Gruppe anonymer Matronen (2,28-42) hinzufügen. Natürlich bilden in diesem Falle die Figuren der Hexe Erictho und der Pries­ terin Phemonoe eine Ausnahme. Julia wird vom Dichter in 1 , 1 1 1-120; 5,468-475; 9,1046-1051 ; 10,77-78 erwähnt; sie erscheint Pompeins im 'II'aum in 3,8-40.

55 Fantharn 1992: 84f. ad 30-6; on the motif in the epic tradition see nl<;O Kytzler 1968: esp. 51 n. 4; Lausberg 1985: 1588f. The supplication scene in Acn. J1mo's temple at Carthage; cf. � if they have lost faith in the gods who did not li'lten to the Trojan women either. � a speaker (36f. � Euripides' and Seneca's Hecuba is singled out from the chorus of T'rojan warnen as their Ieader. � Hecuba leads the lament after the fall of T'roy, the Roman matrona urges her compatriots to lament in advance, for as soon as one of the rival� has won the civil war, they will have to rejoice (38-42).

5. � intertextual memory into character memory. nce by evoking tragic subtexts. In the old man's recollections, Hecuba's laments over the loss of her family are extended to the whole city of Rome, while his own family's civil war history still forms its central moment. The speech may thus be seen as mirroring the process of transforming history into poetry which makes 67 The parallcls arc briefty noted by Fantharn 1992: 90 ad 65. maric Amhlihl the Bellum civile such an intriguing epic. As the new civil war in the expectations of the older generation will exceed their earlier sufferings by far, so Lucan's aesthetics of violence surpasses its literary models.

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