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Published: 16 July 2019

316 Pages | 4 black-and-white illustations


ISBN: 9780198796428

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Pestilence and the Body Politic in Latin Literature

Hunter H. Gardner

  • Presents the first book-length study in English focusing entirely on plague discourse in Latin literature
  • Offers a comprehensive study of Latin authors - including Livy, Lucretius, Vergil, Ovid, and Seneca - and their unique contributions to plague narratives
  • Interprets the resurgence of plague narratives during the late Roman Republic and early Empire as a response to prolonged civil war, demonstrating an integral relationship between those narratives and the social and political contexts in which they are embedded
  • Examines the reception of tropes developed in Roman plague narratives in a wide range of post-classical media, from early Christian poetry to early twenty-first-century films and novels

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