Latin Literature: A History / Edition 1

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Overview

This authoritative history of Latin literature offers a comprehensive survey of the thousand-year period from the origins of Latin as a written language to the early Middle Ages. At once a reference work, a bibliographic guide, a literary study, and a reader's handbook, Latin Literature: A History is the first work of its kind to appear in English in nearly four decades. From the first examples of written Latin through Gregory of Tours in the sixth century and the Venerable Bede in the seventh, Latin Literature offers a wide-ranging panorama of all major Latin authors. Including names, dates, edition citations, and detailed summaries, the work combines the virtues of an encyclopedia with the critical intelligence readers have come to expect from Italy's leading Latinist, Gian Biagio Conte.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

New York Review of Books
Conte gives the sort of biographical and historical information that might be expected in a book of this type, but with a more sophisticated awareness of the fragility of much of it than one finds in many other text books. He also gives an unfailingly intelligent and interesting account of the works themselves... His mastery of the vast range of literature that he covers is remarkable.

— Jasper Griffin

Reader's Review

It will quickly become not only the preferred textbook but the standard resource for mainstream evaluations of the major surviving Latin authors through the early Middle Ages... Conte covers this era by discussing the principle writers in Latin with a remarkably concise thoroughness.

London Review of Books
Conte has achieved a monumental feat most scholars would shrink from attempting... [With] its relish for forgotten or underrated authors and its tight focus on cultural significance, his history shows the restlessness many late 20th-century Latinists feel with the state of their subject.

— Emily Gowers

New York Review of Books - Jasper Griffin

Conte gives the sort of biographical and historical information that might be expected in a book of this type, but with a more sophisticated awareness of the fragility of much of it than one finds in many other text books. He also gives an unfailingly intelligent and interesting account of the works themselves... His mastery of the vast range of literature that he covers is remarkable.

London Review of Books - Emily Gowers

Conte has achieved a monumental feat most scholars would shrink from attempting... [With] its relish for forgotten or underrated authors and its tight focus on cultural significance, his history shows the restlessness many late 20th-century Latinists feel with the state of their subject.

Booknews
A great book that bears no comparison to the fragmented and frequently impoverished alphabetical references so commonly and increasingly seen. This authoritative history of Latin literature--a revised translation of the original Italian-language edition of 1987--offers a comprehensive survey of the thousand-year period from the origins of Latin as a written language to the early Middle Ages i.e., through the Venerable Bede in the seventh century, providing a wide-ranging panorama of all major Latin authors. Including names, dates, edition citations, and detailed summaries, the work combines the concision and ease of use of a standard reference with the critical intelligence of Conte, Italy's leading Latinist. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801862533
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 11/4/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 864
  • Sales rank: 387,866
  • Product dimensions: 6.87 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Gian Biagio Conte is a professor of Latin literature in the Department of Classical Philology at the University of Pisa, Italy.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Detailed Table of Contents
Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Literary History and Historiography 1
Pt. 1 The Early and Middle Republics
The Origins 13
The Early Roman Theater 29
Livius Andronicus 39
Naevius 43
Plautus 49
Caecilius Statius 65
Oratory and Historiography in the Archaic Period 68
Literature and Culture in the Period of the Conquests 71
Ennius 75
Cato 85
Terence 92
The Development of Tragedy: Pacuvius and Accius 104
The Development of Epic Poetry: From Ennius to Virgil 110
Lucilius 112
Politics and Culture between the Era of the Gracchi and the Sullan Restoration 118
Pt. 2 The Late Republic
The Age of Caesar 78-44 B.C. 133
Neoteric Poetry and Catullus 136
Lucretius 155
Cicero 175
Philology, Biography, and Antiquarianism at the End of the Republic 209
Caesar 225
Sallust 234
Pt. 3 The Age of Augustus
43 BC.-A.D. 17: Characteristics of a Period 249
Virgil 262
Horace 292
Elegy: Tibullus and Propertius 321
Ovid 340
Livy 367
Directions in Historiography 377
Scholarship and Technical Disciplines 386
Legal Literature: From Its Beginnings to the Early Empire 394
Pt. 4 The Early Empire
Culture and Spectacle: The Literature of the Early Empire 401
Seneca 408
The Poetic Genres in the Julio-Claudian Period 426
Lucan 440
Petronius 453
Satire under the Principate: Persius and Juvenal 467
Epic in the Flavian Period 481
Pliny the Elder and Specialist Knowledge 497
Martial and the Epigram 505
Quintilian 512
The Age of the Adoptive Emperors 519
Pliny the Younger 525
Tacitus 530
Suetonius and the Minor Historians 546
Apuleius 553
Philology, Rhetoric and Literary Criticism, Law 571
Developments in Poetry: The Poetae Novelli 588
Pt. 5 The Late Empire
From the Severans to Diocletian 193-305 593
From Constantine to the Sack of Rome 306-410 621
The Apogee of Christian Culture 678
From Honorius to Odoacer 410-476 698
The Dawn of the Middle Ages 713
App.1. Chronological Tables 729
App.2. Greek Authors and Texts 776
App.3. Roman Culture: Politics, Society, Ideology 794
App.4. Terms of Rhetoric, Metrics, and Literary Criticism 806
Index of Names 819
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