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Typhonic Voices

Sounds of Hesiod and Cosmic War in Lucan’s Bellum civile 6.685-694

In: Mnemosyne
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Stephen A. Sansom Cornell University, Dept. of Classics

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Abstract

This article argues that Lucan references Hesiod’s Typhonomachy in the voice of Erictho (Luc. 6.685-694). The intertext is significant in two respects. It casts Erictho as a nonpartisan proponent of Gigantomachy and cosmic war itself, a portrayal that informs aspects of her character as a theomachos and vates. Likewise, it presents an innovative use of Hesiod’s Theogony: instead of a poem of peace, Lucan adapts it as a paradigm of civil war.

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