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Testing boundaries: divination and prophecy in Lucan

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Federico Santangelo


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Copyright © The Classical Association 2015.Lucan's Bellum Ciuile dates from the Neronian period and is strongly rooted in that historical context, but, as is well known, it offers plenty of food for thought to the student of late Republican religion and intellectual culture. The reading of the Civil War that it puts forward has major implications for our understanding of the ancient interpretations of that period. This is fully in keeping with the ambitions of Lucan himself, who set out to impose his work as a pervasive master-narrative of the late Republican age. The aim of this article is to pursue a narrow but important and often under-explored angle, and to assess the role of divination, especially of the prophetic kind, in the poem.

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Author(s): Santangelo F

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Greece and Rome

Year: 2015

Volume: 62

Issue: 2

Pages: 177-188

Print publication date: 01/10/2015

Online publication date: 10/09/2015

Acceptance date: 01/01/1900

ISSN (print): 0017-3835

ISSN (electronic): 1477-4550

Publisher: Cambridge University Press


DOI: 10.1017/S0017383515000054


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