Archaic Latin Prose

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This work aims to show how certain striking features of classical Latin prose style have their roots in forms of expression established in archaic Latin and even beyond that in Indo-European. Some of these forms are to be explained by the origins of complex syntactical constructions, some by cultural conditions, while others are peculiar to the Latin language. These factors are exemplified in texts ranging from about 450 BC (the Twelve Tables) to about 100 BC, which are accompanied by a full commentary not confined to stylistic issues. These texts will be of interest not only to students of literature and linguistics but also of history, law, and religion.
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Shows how certain prominent features of classical Latin prose became established because of factors that conditioned the formation of archaic prose. Presents texts ranging from about 450 BC to about 100 BC to exemplify such features in their original setting and to illustrate the linguistic and stylistic development of Latin prose. Also serves as a reader of archaic Latin texts as an alternative to Ernout's widely read one. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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