Stephen Harrison's A Companion to Latin Literature (Blackwell Companions to the PDF

By Stephen Harrison

ISBN-10: 0631235299

ISBN-13: 9780631235293

A spouse to Latin Literature supplies an authoritative account of Latin literature from its beginnings within the 3rd century BC via to the tip of the second one century advert.

• offers professional evaluation of the most classes of Latin literary historical past, significant genres, and key subject matters
• Covers all of the significant Latin works of prose and poetry, from Ennius to Augustine, together with Lucretius, Cicero, Catullus, Livy, Vergil, Seneca, and Apuleius
• comprises priceless reference fabric – dictionary entries on authors, chronological chart of political and literary historical past, and an annotated bibliography
• Serves as either a discursive literary historical past and a common reference book

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Cato thus set Roman history and Roman oratory on the road to becoming ‘literature’. 4 Hellenism Greek nevertheless remained a potent force in literature as in life: even Cicero would eventually write his consular memoir in Greek. Its use, however, came increasingly to suggest affectation rather than necessity. When A. Postumius Albinus, consul in 151, wrote a history in Greek and apologized in his preface for any stylistic inadequacies, Cato mocked the insincerity of this gesture (ap. Gell. 8) and Polybius, who had lodged no such complaint against Fabius Pictor, endorsed Cato’s opinion (Polyb.

Ambivius Turpio and L. Atilius from Praeneste starred. Claudius’ slave Flaccus provided the music for unequal pipes. The Greek original was Apollodorus’ Epidicazomenos. Written fourth. C. Fannius and M. Valerius were consuls. Some of this may recall the first production. The year (161) is plausible, and a story in the commentary of Donatus (on line 315) confirms that the actormanager Ambivius Turpio played the title role. Much more, however, is odd. Why record the aediles, who did not preside over the ludi Romani?

Omnes denique illi Maximi, Marcelli, Fulvii non sine communi omnium nostrum laude decorantur. All that praise honours not just the individual who is praised but also the name of the Roman people. The ancestor of our Cato here was praised to the skies, adding a great honour to the affairs of the Roman people. Thus all those Maximi, Marcelli and Fulvii are not honoured without praising us all as a group. (Arch. 22) Cicero may again be reading a contemporary attitude back into an earlier time, but the literary history of early Rome is inevitably the product of such backprojection and hindsight.

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