Telling Tales on Caesar: Roman Stories from Phaedrus

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This book contains a dozen entertaining stories written in colloquial Latin verse newly translated and commented on by John Henderson. The author, Phaedrus, was a freeman of Augustus who put Aesop's Fables into five books of verse during the reign of Tiberius. He included a number of stories and anecdotes on everyday life situations as well as assorted satirical bits. Rarely read today, they take the reader to the heart of ancient Rome, into everyday corners of classical life and culture, high and low, during the reigns of the first emperors, Augustus and Tiberius.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199240951
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Introduction 1
Praefanda 6
1 We Are Not Amused: Tiberius Caesar and the Flunkey (2. 5) 9
2 The Only Good Caesar: Divus Augustus and the Case of the Widow and the Wicked Freedman (3. 10) 33
3 Another Hard Luck Story: Phaedrus' Tale (3. Prologue) 57
4 L'Acteur-Roi: Piper Prince Breaks a Leg and Gets a Good Hand (5. 7) 95
App It's the Real Thing: Grunt Piggy Grunt (5 .5) 119
5 The Price of Fame: Pompey the Great and the Queen's Shilling (App. 10) 131
6 Talent-Spotting: King Demetrius meets the Poet Menander (5. 1) 151
7 Your Life in their Hands: The King and Dr. Cobbler (1. 14) 165
8 Kings of Fable and Fables of Kings: Emperor Ape; Sick Lion; Dictator Kite; Tyrant Pisistratus, King Long and King Watersnaker; and other Wolves (4, 13; 4. 14; 1. 31; 1, 2; 1. 1, etc.) 177
Endnotes 195
References 245
Index of Chief Passages Discussed in the Text and Notes 275
General Index 279
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