This highly accessible, user-friendly work provides a fresh and illuminating introduction to the most important aspects of Latin prose and poetry.
Readers are constantly encouraged to think for themselves about how and why we study the texts in question. They are stimulated and inspired to do their own further reading through engagement with a wide selection of translated extracts, and with a useful exploration of the different ways in which they can be approached. Central throughout is the theme of the fundamental connections between Latin literature and issues of elite Roman culture.
The versatile structure of the book makes it suitable both for individual and class use.
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Role models for Roman women and
Titian Tarquin and Lucretia
Gentileschi Tarquin and Lucretia
Tiepolo Tarquin and Lucretia
What is Latin literature?
What does studying Latin literature involve?
Introspection and individual identity
Literary texture and intertextuality
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The Hand Refrains
The Soul Attains
Sketch map of the triumphal route through Rome
Performance and spectacle life and death
Writing real lives
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