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

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

by John Henderson
     
 

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

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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.

Product Details

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

Table of Contents

Introduction
Pt. IComedy
1Hanno's Punic Heirs: Der Poenulus-Neid des Plautus3
2Entertaining Arguments: Terence, Adelphoe38
Pt. IILyric and Bucolic
3Who's Counting? - Catullus by Numbers69
4Suck It and See: Horace, Epode 893
Appendix IWoman as a Masquerade
Appendix IIText of Horace, Epode 8
Appendix IIITranslation of Horace, Epode 8
Appendix IVInnuendo in Horace, Epode 8
5Horace, 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 death114
6Virgil's Third Eclogue: How Do You Keep an Idiot in Suspense?145
Pt. IIISatire
7Satire Writes Woman: Gendersong173
8Be Alert (Your Country Needs Lerts): Horace, Satires 1. 9202
9Learning Persius' Didactic Satire: The Teacher as Pupil228
10Pump up the Volume: Juvenal, Satire 1. 1-21249
Endnotes274
Date Chart333
Bibliography336
Index of Authors and Passages367
General Index369

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