La Raison de Lucrèce : Constitution d'une poétique philosophique avec un essai d'interprétation de la critique lucrétienne | M. Bollack | Minuit, 1978, in-8 broché, 630 pages. Couverture un peu passée comportant une mouillure en pied et dos, sans réelle gravité. Dos solide avec petites rides. Intérieur satisfaisant. Quelques salissures sur tranche. [BT66]. N° de ref. de la librería
Título: La Raison de Lucrèce : Constitution d'une ...
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Descripción EDITIONS DE <000175 01/02/1978, 1978. Condición: Neuf. Nº de ref. del artículo: 9782707302120
Descripción Condición: Antiquarian. Les Éditions de Minuit, Paris, 1978. XLII,630p. Paperback. Spine with a few light reading traces. ?This is a dense and difficult book (?). It is to be followed by a second volume, but it has a certain unity as it stands. The structure is tripartite: first a critique of earlier scholarship on Lucretius, second an exposition of what is claimed to be a sounder method, third, as an example of this, a detailed examination of book VI. The volume ends with 60 pages of tables, indices, and bibliography - excellently presented and a model of helpfulness to the student. It is no surprise to find that the position of Mme. Bollack with regard to the text is a conservative one: generally she argues for the untended reading of the Leiden manuscripts. (?) Turning to the third part of the book next, we find a closer analysis of book VI, followed by an extremely useful ?synopsis of Greek meteorology? for purposes of comparison. Every passage of the book (?) is given a detailed exposition, and the commentary iix constantly helpful in clarifying the meaning of L.?s meteorological theories, both internally and with reference to their context. B. concludes that the book is too much intellectually committed to be a mere piece of poetic rhetoric designed to quell fears of thunder and lightening; and this is surely right. It is, as she has taken it to be, an object lesson in Epicurean cosmology, with its characteristic laws of motion and its denial of the closed world system of Plato and Aristotle. The plague is given a 50-page section, under the heading ?le mirkier du poème? the point (?) is not that the plague itself symbolizes or represents in some way the content or structure or message of the whole epic, but rather that, by echoing themes that have appeared earlier in book VI and introducing them into the context of human disease and death, the plague passage guides us to a symbolic reading of book VI as a whole. It mirrors the precariousness of regularity, the omnipresence of accident, human life and the whole of our world laid open to the hazards of whatever moves in the infinite void. This is a rich and suggestive reading of book VI that deserves the closest attention. (?) Part II, ?Pour use philologie Lucrétienne?, is the most innovative, and also the most difficult, section of the book. (?) B. is at her most interesting and challenging in her reading of the simile of the medicine cup smeared with honey (?). The traditional reading equates the bitter medicine with the atomic theory and the honey with the ?poetry?, and thus makes only poetic technique, detached from content, the ground for L.?s claim to fame. B. argues that the bitterness lies not in the doctrine itself, but in iets being left in obscurity: the honey is ?la langue suave de la théorie? This very persuasive reading is supported by B.?s lengthy and learned analysis of L.?s Latin substitutes for the Greek terms of Epicurean theory, the function of repetition, and the manner in which the whole epic is composes out of its elements. (?) The poem is seen not simply as an account of Epicurean cosmology, but as a metaphorical recreation or representation of it. As one might say, it not only tells, but shows. (?) We have here a great store of tough and durable scholarship.? (DAVID J. FURLEY in Gnomon, 1982, pp.36-39). From the library of Professor Carl Deroux. Antiquarian. Nº de ref. del artículo: 44543