Rome Remembers: The Memory and Ethics in Lucretius’ De Rerum Natura
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- De Rerum Natura; Lucretius; Roman history; Memory
The history and public memory of Roman history have been extensively studied from various kinds of materials, except the poetry in the late Republic. Being a significant figure of Roman literature, Lucretius and his work De Rerum Natura (DRN) has been extensively studied for its philosophical and political meanings in the Republic, while the ethics and the impressions of history in the poem still left for further investigation. Through the conduct of semantic analysis and reception theory, the paper investigates into the ethical part of Roman memory, to see what moral standard and pattern did the Roman people, especially the elites possess, and how they interact mutually in the literature. The self-understanding of Roman elites would be explored to gradually answer the question that to what extent do the records of aristocrats fit the definition of Roman history as “the deeds of the Roman people”. This paper aims to prove that poetry could serve as means to investigate memory of Rome, and shed light on the studies of ethics in Roman literature. Further, my research could reveal more information of Lucretius, with different approached applied to investigate his work DRN.
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TY - CONF AU - Jingying Mo PY - 2021 DA - 2021/11/29 TI - Rome Remembers: The Memory and Ethics in Lucretius’ De Rerum Natura BT - Proceedings of the 2021 3rd International Conference on Literature, Art and Human Development (ICLAHD 2021) PB - Atlantis Press SP - 509 EP - 519 SN - 2352-5398 UR - https://doi.org/10.2991/assehr.k.211120.096 DO - 10.2991/assehr.k.211120.096 ID - Mo2021 ER -