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By Philip R. Hardie

ISBN-10: 0198140363

ISBN-13: 9780198140368

The Romans observed an analogy among the ordered workings of the usual universe and the right kind functioning in their personal increasing empire, among orbis and urbs. Philip Hardie's new paintings explores Virgil's poetic and mythic transformation of this imperialist ideology almost about such traditions because the poet/cosmologer, using allegory to extract natural-philosophical truths from mythology and poetry, poetic hyperbole, and the "universal expression."

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Lisiy fiiologicke 106 ( ¡ 9 8 3 ) , 79 K n a u e r . p. 168 n. 2. g. p p . 249 n. 2, 290 n. 1. 78 S e e a b o v e , n. 75. POETRY AND COSMOLOGY IN ANTIQUITY l <- 31 interest in the a l l e g o r i c a l i n t e r p r e t a t i o n o f V i r g i l follows in the w a k e o f a m o r e g e n e r a l r e h a b i l i t a t i o n o f a l l e g o r y , first in M e d i e v a l a n d R e n a i s s a n c e literary-historical a n d l i t e r a r y critical studies, a n d m o r e r e c e n t l y in l i t e r a r y - t h e o r e t i c a l discussions.

2 3 . 7 4 . H o r a c e is p a r t i c u l a r l y u n c o m p l i m e n t a r y at Episl. 1 . 1 2 . 2 0 ; the d e a t h o f E m p e d o c l e s is used as a c a u t i o n a r y tale a b o u t xhe vesanus poela at the e n d o f the Ars poetica. T e r t u l l i a n s u m s u p t h e t r a d i t i o n [De Anima 3 , 1 ) in the w o r d s ' E m p e d o c l i s f u r o r ' ; o n e m a y c o m p a r e S t a t . Sih). 2 . 7 . 7 6 ' d o c t i f u r o r a r d u u s Lucreti'. 4S See b e l o w , p p . 21 1 f.

POETRY AND C O S M O L O G Y IN A N T I Q U I T Y 19 at the e x p e n s e o f the D e l p h i c o r a c l e . E m p e d o c l e s w a s the most colourful example of the pre-Socratic philosopherp r o p h e t - p o e t , in f a c t a g o d w h o d e a i t in d i v i n a t i o n , 3 8 a n d w h o w a s said to h a v e j o u r n e y e d a r o u n d cities c a r r y i n g ' D e l p h i c w r e a t h s ' . 730; divini, 7 3 1 ) , a n d a d o p t s for himself, as p u r v e y o r o f the true, E p i c u r e a n , p i e t y , the E m p e d o c l e a n s t a n c e of the p r o p h e t - p o e t .

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