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WORMS AND THE MAN IN LUCILIUS

Ian Goh Orcid Logo

The Classical Quarterly, Volume: 71, Pages: 1 - 8

Swansea University Author: Ian Goh Orcid Logo

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Abstract

This piece explores possible reasons for Lucilius’ suggestive reference to worms, emblemate uermiculato, in the famous comment (about speech arranged akin to mosaics) which has survived from Book 2 of the satirist. The fragment can be set metatextually amid other extracts of Lucilius to show the poe...

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Published in: The Classical Quarterly
ISSN: 0009-8388 1471-6844
Published: Cambridge University Press (CUP) 2021
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa57833
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Abstract: This piece explores possible reasons for Lucilius’ suggestive reference to worms, emblemate uermiculato, in the famous comment (about speech arranged akin to mosaics) which has survived from Book 2 of the satirist. The fragment can be set metatextually amid other extracts of Lucilius to show the poet's agency and skill, considered as having influenced aspects of its own afterlife (especially in Hor. Sat. 2.4) and appreciated in its historical context as a hit at Publius Mucius Scaevola, who died from phthiriasis.
Keywords: Lucilius; worms; mosaic; insects; phthiriasis; satire; invective; Republican lawcourt
College: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Start Page: 1
End Page: 8