The Cambridge History of Classical Literature, Volume 2: Latin Literature, Part 1, The Early Republic

The Cambridge History of Classical Literature, Volume 2: Latin Literature, Part 1, The Early Republic

by E. J. Kenney
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521273757

ISBN-13: 9780521273756

Pub. Date: 07/28/1983

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In the third century BC Rome embarked on the expansion which was ultimately to leave her mistress of the Mediterranean world. As part of that expansion a national literature arose, springing from the union of native linguistic energy with Greek literary forms. Shortly after the middle of the century the first Latin play took the stage; by 100 BC most of the

Overview

In the third century BC Rome embarked on the expansion which was ultimately to leave her mistress of the Mediterranean world. As part of that expansion a national literature arose, springing from the union of native linguistic energy with Greek literary forms. Shortly after the middle of the century the first Latin play took the stage; by 100 BC most of the important genres invented by the Greeks - epic, tragedy, comedy, historiography, oratory - were solidly established in their adoptive Roman forms, and a new genre, satire, had been born. The chapters in this volume describe and analyse the process of creative adaptation which shaped the beginnings of Latin literature and laid the foundations for its future development as one of the great literatures of the world. Essential background is provided by introductory chapters on readers and critics in the Roman world. In these are described the form of the books themselves and the conditions under which they were produced, circulated and read. The whole volume offers an indispensable introduction to the understanding of the nature and quality of Latin literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521273756
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/28/1983
Series:
Cambridge History of Classical Literature Series, #2
Edition description:
1st Paperback Edition
Pages:
236
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

List of plates; 1. Books and readers in the Roman world E. J. Kenney; 2. Literary criticism Michael Winterbottom; 3. The genesis of poetry in Rome Gordon Williams; 4. Ennius' Annales A. S. Gratwick; 5. Drama A. S. Gratwick; 6. Prose literature A. S. Gratwick; 7. The satires of Ennius and Lucilius A. S. Gratwick; Abbreviations; Index.

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