Latin Literature: A History

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JHU Press, Nov 4, 1999 - History - 827 pages
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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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Review: Latin Literature: A History

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Not the absolute best book on the subject... but probably the best one that is actually accessible to a lay person or high school student. Read full review

Contents

Literary History and Historiography
1
The Origins
13
PART
21
I
27
The Early Roman Theater
29
Livius Andronicus
39
3
43
Plautus
49
The Literature of the Early Empire
401
Seneca
408
1
421
Lucan
440
I
451
Bibliography
466
Epic in the Flavian Period
481
Pliny the Elder and Specialist Knowledge
497

Caecilius Statius
65
Caecilius Starius 6 5
68
Literature and Culture in the Period of the Conquests
71
Cato
85
Terence
92
Pacuvius and Accius
104
From Ennius to Virgil 1
110
From Ennius to Virgil 1
118
The Age of Caesar 7844 B C
133
Lucretius
155
Eloquence and Philosophy
186
The Theory of Knowledge
193
Bibliography
207
Nigidius Figulus
220
Bibliography
223
Sallust
234
Characteristics of a Period
249
Virgil
262
Literary Success
317
Ovid
340
Livy
367
Directions in Historiography
377
Scholarship and Technical Disciplines
386
From Its Beginnings to the Early Empire
394
Martial and the Epigram
505
12
512
The Age of the Adoptive Emperors 5 19
519
Pliny the Younger
525
PART FIVE
530
30
531
Suetonius and the Minor Historians
546
53
553
Philology Rhetoric and Literary Criticism Law
571
The Poetae Now1i
588
From the Severans to Diocletian 195305 59 3
593
From Constantine to the Sack of Rome 3064Io
621
The Apogee of Christian Culture
678
Life Works
685
The City 1de
691
From Honorius to 0doacer 410476
698
The Dawn of the Middle Ages
713
Appendixes
729
2 9
759
Greek Authors and Texts
776
Politics Society Ideology
794
Terms of Rhetoric Metrics and Literary Criticism
806
Index of Names
819
Copyright

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About the author (1999)

Gian Biagio Conte is a professor of Latin literature in the Department of Classical Philology at the University of Pisa, Italy.

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