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Latin Literature : A History - Gian Biagio Conte

Latin Literature

A History

By: Gian Biagio Conte, Don P. Fowler (Revised by, Translator), Glenn W. Most (Revised by, Translator)

Paperback Published: 4th November 1999
ISBN: 9780801862533
Number Of Pages: 864
For Ages: 22+ years old

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This authoritative history of Latin literature offers a comprehensive survey of the thousand-year period from the origins of Latin as a written language to the early Middle Ages. At once a reference work, a bibliographic guide, a literary study, and a reader's handbook, Latin Literature: A History is the first work of its kind to appear in English in nearly four decades. From the first examples of written Latin through Gregory of Tours in the sixth century and the Venerable Bede in the seventh, Latin Literature offers a wide-ranging panorama of all major Latin authors. Including names, dates, edition citations, and detailed summaries, the work combines the virtues of an encyclopedia with the critical intelligence readers have come to expect from Italy's leading Latinist, Gian Biagio Conte.

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Conte gives the sort of biographical and historical information that might be expected in a book of this type, but with a more sophisticated awareness of the fragility of much of it than one finds in many other text books. He also gives an unfailingly intelligent and interesting account of the works themselves... His mastery of the vast range of literature that he covers is remarkable. -- Jasper Griffin * New York Review of Books * It will quickly become not only the preferred textbook but the standard resource for mainstream evaluations of the major surviving Latin authors through the early Middle Ages... Conte covers this era by discussing the principle writers in Latin with a remarkably concise thoroughness. * Reader's Review * Conte has achieved a monumental feat most scholars would shrink from attempting... [With] its relish for forgotten or underrated authors and its tight focus on cultural significance, his history shows the restlessness many late 20th-century Latinists feel with the state of their subject. -- Emily Gowers * London Review of Books *

Detailed Table of Contents
Introduction: Literary History and Historiographyp. 1
The Early and Middle Republics
The Originsp. 13
The Early Roman Theaterp. 29
Livius Andronicusp. 39
Naeviusp. 43
Plautusp. 49
Caecilius Statiusp. 65
Oratory and Historiography in the Archaic Periodp. 68
Literature and Culture in the Period of the Conquestsp. 71
Enniusp. 75
Catop. 85
Terencep. 92
The Development of Tragedy: Pacuvius and Acciusp. 104
The Development of Epic Poetry: From Ennius to Virgilp. 110
Luciliusp. 112
Politics and Culture between the Era of the Gracchi and the Sullan Restorationp. 118
The Late Republic
The Age of Caesar (78-44 B.C.)p. 133
Neoteric Poetry and Catullusp. 136
Lucretiusp. 155
Cicerop. 175
Philology, Biography, and Antiquarianism at the End of the Republicp. 209
Caesarp. 225
Sallustp. 234
The Age of Augustus
43 BC.-A.D. 17: Characteristics of a Periodp. 249
Virgilp. 262
Horacep. 292
Elegy: Tibullus and Propertiusp. 321
Ovidp. 340
Livyp. 367
Directions in Historiographyp. 377
Scholarship and Technical Disciplinesp. 386
Legal Literature: From Its Beginnings to the Early Empirep. 394
The Early Empire
Culture and Spectacle: The Literature of the Early Empirep. 401
Senecap. 408
The Poetic Genres in the Julio-Claudian Periodp. 426
Lucanp. 440
Petroniusp. 453
Satire under the Principate: Persius and Juvenalp. 467
Epic in the Flavian Periodp. 481
Pliny the Elder and Specialist Knowledgep. 497
Martial and the Epigramp. 505
Quintilianp. 512
The Age of the Adoptive Emperorsp. 519
Pliny the Youngerp. 525
Tacitusp. 530
Suetonius and the Minor Historiansp. 546
Apuleiusp. 553
Philology, Rhetoric and Literary Criticism, Lawp. 571
Developments in Poetry: The Poetae Novellip. 588
The Late Empire
From the Severans to Diocletian (193-305)p. 593
From Constantine to the Sack of Rome (306-410)p. 621
The Apogee of Christian Culturep. 678
From Honorius to Odoacer (410-476)p. 698
The Dawn of the Middle Agesp. 713
App.1. Chronological Tablesp. 729
App.2. Greek Authors and Textsp. 776
App.3. Roman Culture: Politics, Society, Ideologyp. 794
App.4. Terms of Rhetoric, Metrics, and Literary Criticismp. 806
Index of Namesp. 819
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ISBN: 9780801862533
ISBN-10: 0801862531
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 864
Published: 4th November 1999
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.4  x 3.7
Weight (kg): 1.44
Edition Number: 2