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

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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
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 709,488
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Kenneth J. Atchity, a former professor at Occidental College and Fulbright Professor at the University of Bologna, is the author and editor of many books, including The Renaissance Reader, Homer's Iliad, Homer: Critical Essays, and The Classical Greek Reader.

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Table of Contents

The Rope 3
Annals 17
On Farm Management 19
The Brothers 25
Epigrams 35
On Agriculture 38
The First Oration Against Catiline and Letters to His Wife and Family in Rome and to Caesar in Gaul 47
The Gallic War 59
Maxims 71
An Old Actor Addresses Julius Caesar 72
Elegies 74
Lyrics 79
On the Nature of Things 82
Lyrics 88
History of Rome 93
Aeneid 100
Ars Poetica 119
Early History of Rome 137
Elegies 144
Suasoriae 148
Acts 153
On Architecture 163
Metamorphoses and The Art of Love 169
Pumpkinification of Claudius 178
On Medicine 184
Noteworthy Words and Deeds 190
Natural History 191
Punica 200
Education of an Orator 208
The Jewish War 212
Pharsalia 219
Epigrams 229
On the Conveyance of Water 232
Thebaid 237
Letters 242
Satires 251
Satyricon 267
Annals: The Mutiny of the Pannonian Legions 277
from The Lives of the Twelve Caesars: Julius Caesar 284
To His Soul 292
Gynecology 294
Correspondence with Marcus Aurelius 298
Attic Nights 305
Institutes 311
Meditations 314
The Golden Ass 320
Opinions 328
Hymn to the Mother of the Gods 329
Lyrics 337
The Rape of Proserpine 339
Fables 345
Commentary on the Dream of Scipio 346
Military Institutions of the Romans 350
The Vigil of Venus 356
Institutes 358
Roman Gods/Heroes and Their Greek Counterparts 365
Landmarks of Roman History 367
Glossary 389
Sources & Recommendations 423
Acknowledgments 425
Illustration Credits 429
Index 431
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