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Loca Loquuntur. Lucretius' Explanation of the Echo and Other Acoustic Phenomena in DRN 4.563-614

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A discussion of the second part of Lucretius' account of hearing in DRN 4 (lines 563-614), an exposition on the echo and other acoustic phenomena, e.g. the dispersion of sounds and the fact that sounds pass where eyes cannot see. On the one hand the present article deals with the interpretational difficulties involved as well as the intellectual (Epicurean and non-Epicurean) background of Lucretius' explanations. On the other hand it pays attention to hitherto unnoticed etymologies, puns and other poetic devices. It is a continuation of Koenen 1999 on DRN 4.524-62.


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