Lucretius' Apocalyptic Imagination

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This essay discusses the apocalyptic features of Lucretius’ de rerum natura, suggesting a comparison with texts belonging to the corpus of Hellenistic Jewish pseudepigrapha; the description of the plague as a final ‘apocalypse’ with political and eschatological implications; and the connection between these aspects of the poem, the eschatological ten- sions in 1st century bce Rome, and those manifested in Hellenistic Jewish apocalypses.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-93
Number of pages66
JournalMateriali e discussioni per l'analisi dei testi classici
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2020


  • Lucretius
  • Jewish pseudepigrapha
  • Apocalypse


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