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Cesare, Pompeo, l’elefante e la fortuna

Il volere umano tra natura, società e colpi della sorte nei libri 7-8 della Storia Naturale di Plinio il Vecchio

Elisabetta Cattanei    Università di Genova, Italia    

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abstract

To obtain a complete description of the paradeigmata voluntatis, it is necessary to question natural science as well as philosophical and literary documents. Therefore, it becomes interesting to face Pliny the Elder, a contemporary of Seneca. Pliny’s attention is turned to man placed in a world where the will of destiny plays an explicit role, in a completely unpredictable game of alternation between positive and negative. A method of investigation is emerging that does not disdain to engage between science and myth, between empirical reality and dreams, between limits and protagonists seeking their overcoming, as in the case of Caesar and Pompey.

Published
Dec. 13, 2021
Accepted
Nov. 23, 2021
Submitted
April 26, 2021
Language
IT
ISBN (PRINT)
978-88-6969-584-1
ISBN (EBOOK)
978-88-6969-583-4

Keywords: VirtusVoluntasHistoria naturalisFortunaMens

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