The Classical Roman Reader: New Encounters with Ancient Rome / Edition 1

The Classical Roman Reader: New Encounters with Ancient Rome / Edition 1

by Kenneth J. Atchity
     
 

Western civilization is in many ways an outgrowth of the Roman Empire. The Classical Roman Reader, which contains a collection of some of the finest and most important writing of the Roman period, brings the modern reader into direct contact with the literature, political thought, science, art and architecture, and psychology of classical Rome.

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Overview

Western civilization is in many ways an outgrowth of the Roman Empire. The Classical Roman Reader, which contains a collection of some of the finest and most important writing of the Roman period, brings the modern reader into direct contact with the literature, political thought, science, art and architecture, and psychology of classical Rome.

Here are the wonders of the Roman world presented in a modern, accessible manner. Each selection is preceded by an introduction that identifies the author and provides information that allows modern readers to consider these texts in a new light. What we discover might be surprising. For instance, in Cicero's orations and Marcus Aurelius' meditations, we hear echoes of today's political forums and popular-psychology talk-show hosts. Virgil's ironic dramatization of the founding myth in the Aeneid prepared the way for America's deeply embedded ambivalence toward the presidency. The Roman preference for practicality over philosophy, leading to a network of superhighways that joined Europe, Asia, Asia Minor, and Africa, literally paved the way for the "global village" of the contemporary world.

From Plautus' wildly comic plays to Cato's instructions on farming, and from Catullus' erotic poems to Petronius' descriptions of the decadent splendor of the declining empire, The Classical Roman Reader provides access to the literary, artistic, social, religious, political, scientific, and philosophical texts that shaped Roman thinking and helped form the backbone of Western culture.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195127409
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
11/28/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 7.30(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
The Rope3
Annals17
On Farm Management19
The Brothers25
Epigrams35
On Agriculture38
The First Oration Against Catiline and Letters to His Wife and Family in Rome and to Caesar in Gaul47
The Gallic War59
Maxims71
An Old Actor Addresses Julius Caesar72
Elegies74
Lyrics79
On the Nature of Things82
Lyrics88
History of Rome93
Aeneid100
Ars Poetica119
Early History of Rome137
Elegies144
Suasoriae148
Acts153
On Architecture163
Metamorphoses and The Art of Love169
Pumpkinification of Claudius178
On Medicine184
Noteworthy Words and Deeds190
Natural History191
Punica200
Education of an Orator208
The Jewish War212
Pharsalia219
Epigrams229
On the Conveyance of Water232
Thebaid237
Letters242
Satires251
Satyricon267
Annals: The Mutiny of the Pannonian Legions277
from The Lives of the Twelve Caesars: Julius Caesar284
To His Soul292
Gynecology294
Correspondence with Marcus Aurelius298
Attic Nights305
Institutes311
Meditations314
The Golden Ass320
Opinions328
Hymn to the Mother of the Gods329
Lyrics337
The Rape of Proserpine339
Fables345
Commentary on the Dream of Scipio346
Military Institutions of the Romans350
The Vigil of Venus356
Institutes358
Roman Gods/Heroes and Their Greek Counterparts365
Landmarks of Roman History367
Glossary389
Sources & Recommendations423
Acknowledgments425
Illustration Credits429
Index431

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