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Heavenly and Earthly Elements in Manilius’ Astronomica

Lowe, Dunstan (2014) Heavenly and Earthly Elements in Manilius’ Astronomica. Ramus: Critical Studies in Greek and Roman Literature, 43 (1). pp. 45-66. ISSN 0048-671X. (doi:10.1017/rmu.2014.3) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

I propose that Manilius’ fundamental view is that the stars represent order and the earth chaos, a conviction partly expressed through Stoic doctrine and partly through poetic tropes. He frequently uses the imagery of the four elements to divide the superior realm of air and fire from the inferior realm of water and earth. Significant themes contributing toward this include Gigantomachy, cosmic vapours, the planets, and the figure of the Whale (Cetus) in the Andromeda story near the close of the poem.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1017/rmu.2014.3
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PA Classical philology
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > Classical and Archaeological Studies
Depositing User: Dunstan Lowe
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2013 18:02 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 11:39 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/37513 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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