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Title: The aesthetics of the sublime in Latin literature of the Neronian renaissance
Author: Day, H. J. M.
Awarding Body: University of Cambridge
Current Institution: University of Cambridge
Date of Award: 2010
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This thesis examines the concept of the sublime as represented by three Latin authors of the Neronian period: Lucan, Seneca and Petronius. Through analysis of these texts I explore, first, the relationship between Pseudo-Longinus’ Peri Hupsous and post-Classical theorisations of the sublime; and, second, the complex relationship between the sublime and politico-ethical discourses of freedom and oppression. In doing so, I argue in particular for Lucan’s epic Bellum Civile as a vital and hitherto overlooked text of the sublime and, more broadly, for the Neronian period as an important phase in the concept’s artistic history.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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