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dc.contributor.advisorNethercut, William Robert, 1936-en
dc.creatorVan Eimeren, Kenneth Stevenen
dc.date.accessioned2011-07-20T20:52:40Zen
dc.date.available2011-07-20T20:52:40Zen
dc.date.issued2011-05en
dc.date.submittedMay 2011en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/ETD-UT-2011-05-3159en
dc.descriptiontexten
dc.description.abstractLucretius’ De Rerum Natura has as one of its main goals the extermination of traditional conceptions of the gods, but gods pervade the poem in a variety of roles, beginning with the very first line, invoking Venus. This report seeks to analyze the ways in which Lucretius exploits popular notions of the divine while remaining true to both his Epicurean beliefs and his anti-theistic agenda, as well as the reasons behind these decisions. We begin with an exploration of the role of the poetic medium in this situation, followed by a close examination of the entire proem. Lucretius’ negative views about religio are brought to light and are contrasted with his supportive views regarding religious metaphor, partly through an investigation into Lucretius’ representation of Epicurus as divine. The final section of this report identifies some of the same dynamics at play in Lucretius in modern atheistic discourse and draws more general conclusions about the nature of anti-theistic discourse in a world dominated by theistic assumptions.en
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen
dc.language.isoengen
dc.subjectLucretius Carus, Titus--De Rrrum naturaen
dc.subjectAtheismen
dc.subjectGodsen
dc.subjectVenus (Roman deity)en
dc.subjectEpicurusen
dc.titleDealing with dvinity in De rerum naturaen
dc.date.updated2011-07-20T20:52:56Zen
dc.identifier.slug2152/ETD-UT-2011-05-3159en
dc.contributor.committeeMemberWhite, Stephen A.en
dc.description.departmentClassicsen
dc.type.genrethesisen
thesis.degree.departmentClassicsen
thesis.degree.disciplineClassicsen
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelMastersen
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Artsen


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