Writing down Rome: Satire, Comedy, and Other Offences in Latin Poetry

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Taking particular plays and poems from Roman comic theatre and the genre of Latin satire, this book finds Rome sending up Roman culture - making a mess of drama, jesting at rustic gaucherie, caricaturing the cult of masculine aggression. Writing Down Rome explores the robust poetic of self-denigration. Henderson's essays celebrate the energetic self-mockery that powers much of Roman poetry. They range widely over comedy, lyric, bucolic, and, in particular, the Roman speciality of satire.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198150770
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/28/1998
  • Pages: 250
  • Lexile: 1420L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Pt. I Comedy
1 Hanno's Punic Heirs: Der Poenulus-Neid des Plautus 3
2 Entertaining Arguments: Terence, Adelphoe 38
Pt. II Lyric and Bucolic
3 Who's Counting? - Catullus by Numbers 69
4 Suck It and See: Horace, Epode 8 93
Appendix I Woman as a Masquerade
Appendix II Text of Horace, Epode 8
Appendix III Translation of Horace, Epode 8
Appendix IV Innuendo in Horace, Epode 8
5 Horace, Odes 3. 22, and the Life of Meaning: Stumbling and stampeding out of the woods, Blinking and screaming into the light, Snorting and gorging at the trough, Slashing and gouging at the death 114
6 Virgil's Third Eclogue: How Do You Keep an Idiot in Suspense? 145
Pt. III Satire
7 Satire Writes Woman: Gendersong 173
8 Be Alert (Your Country Needs Lerts): Horace, Satires 1. 9 202
9 Learning Persius' Didactic Satire: The Teacher as Pupil 228
10 Pump up the Volume: Juvenal, Satire 1. 1-21 249
Endnotes 274
Date Chart 333
Bibliography 336
Index of Authors and Passages 367
General Index 369
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