By Myrto Garani
Despite the final scholarly consensus approximately Lucretius’ debt to Empedocles because the father of the style of cosmological didactic epic, there's a significant war of words concerning Lucretius’ applause for his Presocratic predecessor’s praeclara reperta (DRN 1.732). within the current examine, Garani means that by means of praising Empedocles’ discoveries, Lucretius issues to his predecessor’s epistemological tools of inquiry about the unseen, equipment upon which he himself attracts broadly and creatively complements. during this approach, he effectively penetrates into the invisible flora and fauna, deciphers its secrets and techniques, and hence liberates his student from superstitious fears approximately demise and actual phenomena. To justify this proposition, Garani undertakes a scientific research of Lucretius’ integration of Empedocles’ tools of constructing analogies within the kind of literary units -- personifications, similes, and metaphors -- and demonstrates that his intertextual engagement with Empedocles’ philosophical poem is direct and extensive at either the poetic and the philosophical degrees.
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