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By Myrto Garani

Despite the final scholarly consensus approximately Lucretius’ debt to Empedocles because the father of the style of cosmological didactic epic, there's a significant war of words concerning Lucretius’ applause for his Presocratic predecessor’s praeclara reperta (DRN 1.732). within the current research, Garani means that via praising Empedocles’ discoveries, Lucretius issues to his predecessor’s epistemological tools of inquiry in regards to the unseen, tools upon which he himself attracts commonly and creatively complements. during this means, he effectively penetrates into the invisible flora and fauna, deciphers its secrets and techniques, and hence liberates his scholar from superstitious fears approximately dying and actual phenomena. To justify this proposition, Garani undertakes a scientific research of Lucretius’ integration of Empedocles’ equipment of making analogies within the type of literary units -- personifications, similes, and metaphors -- and demonstrates that his intertextual engagement with Empedocles’ philosophical poem is direct and extensive at either the poetic and the philosophical degrees.

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