If the grandeur that was Rome has long since vanished, the impact of the Eternal City can still be felt in virtually every corner of Western culture. Students of speech and rhetoric to this day study the works of Cicero for guidance. We find Roman Law setting the model for legal systems from the twelfth century to the present. And Latin itself, far from being a "dead language," lives on not only in the Romance languages, but also in English vocabulary and grammar. Rhetoric, language, law--these are just a small part of the great Roman influence that has lasted throughout the centuries.
The Legacy of Rome has long been considered the standard introduction to the achievements of the Roman world. Now in a completely new edition, this classic work brings together the latest scholarship in the field from some of the world's leading classical scholars. Unlike the previous version, which focused on such narrow topics as commerce and administration, the new edition broadens the spectrum of influence, showing the impact, for example, of Roman literature, art, politics, law, and language on western civilization. Jasper Griffin, for instance, looks to the works of Shakespeare, Milton, Keats, and Wordsworth, among others, to trace the lasting influence of the great Roman poet Virgil on the development of poetic forms such as the pastoral, epitomized by Virgil's Eclogues, and the epic poem, exemplified by the Aeneid. A.T. Grafton shows how Renaissance intellectuals such as Machiavelli and Guicciardini looked to Rome's past for political enlightenment, and found models of military strategy in the works of Tacitus and Livy. Editor Richard Jenkyns dispels the misconception of the Romans as purely imitative of the Greeks; he points out such uniquely Roman concepts as jurisprudence and citizenship, and architecture based on the round arch and the vault, as evidence of Roman innovativeness. Other contributors--George A. Kennedy, Robert Feenstra, and Nicholas Purcell--discuss the importance of the study of Roman rhetoric in preparing speakers for public life, the lasting influence of the Justinian code on Western legal development, and the impact on future civilizations of the romanticized notion of an imperial Rome and its magical ruins.
Ranging from the pastoral tradition, to the development of the comedy, to the lasting influence of the Latin language, The Legacy of Rome provides a much-needed new appraisal of the richness of the great civilization which gave rise to a large part of Western heritage.
`handsome collection of essays ... here there is palpable treasure ... Richard Jenkyns writes wittily and beautifully on the tradition of the pastoral ... Jasper Griffin is vivid and eloquent on Virgil's protean nature ... Geoffrey Waywell contributes a lucid and absorbing piece on Rome's influence on European art.' Elspeth Barker, Independent on Sunday `The essays range broadly ... and scrupulously avoid overplaying the Classical hand ... Those who value it should not miss out on these two superb collections.' Peter Jones, Sunday Telegraph (refers also to the Legacy of Greece) 'here there is palpable treasure, statues and books, laws and roads and buildings ... Richard Jenkyns writes wittily and beautifully on the tradition of the pastoral.' Elspeth Barker, Independent on Sunday 'the volume will be extremely useful as a reference guide, and will of course stand as a collective statement of how scholars at present understood the nature and status of the European classical heritage.' Times Educational Supplement 'The legacy of Rome is very substantial, and when combined with the more immediately exciting Greek inheritance (philosophy, tragedy, democracy), it offers a cultural and educational programme of unparalleled power.' Times Literary Supplement 'a surprisingly refreshing and rewarding read despite the academic clout behind the contributions ... The Romans' impact on law, architecture, art, literature and practically everything else is considered in enlightening detail.' Herald Express 'It is the function of legacies to be ample and timely. This book fulfills both expectations: a wide range of essays, written at a time when our knowledge and our means of organizing our facts have dramatically increased since the first version of this book appeared in 1923. The appearance of this volume at this time may betoken persistent belief that Rome has something to teach others besides classicists and legacy hunters. May its resources transmit this belief into yet other generations.' Charles Witke, The University of Michigan, Bryn Mawr Classical Review (1992) 'The first Legacy of Rome (1923) has had a good run for its money and a replacement was overdue ... Jenkyns's introductory chapter, 'The legacy of Rome', itself includes some excellent pages on language and (especially prose) literature.' E.J. Kenney, The Classical Review, Vol. XLIII, No. 1, 1993
Series: Legacy Series
Number Of Pages: 516
Published: 27th February 1992
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.4 x 16.3 x 4.3
Weight (kg): 0.8