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Lucretius and the Poetry of Argument

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A passage on astronomy in the fifth book of Lucretius's De rerum natura offers four possible explanations for the waxing and waning of the moon, one of which may possibly explain the presence of a black-skinned maidservant in Titian's Diana and Actaeon. His poetry shows a lucid presentation of argument, a brilliant visual imagination, and powerful emotional charge.

Keywords: Lucretius; Poetry; Science; Titian (Diana and Actaeon)

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: September 1, 1991

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