The Cambridge History of Classical Literature: Volume 2, Latin Literature, Part 4, The Early Principate, Volume 2, Part 4

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 14, 1983 - History - 252 pages
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'Perfection is finality; finality is death'. The poets and prose writers of the first and early second centuries AD were not deterred by the towering stature of their Augustan predecessors from attempting new and often brilliant variations on the now traditional themes and genres. The so-called 'Silver' Age of Latin literature has tended to be characterized in terms of dismissive or question- begging stereotypes - 'decadent', 'rhetorical', 'baroque', 'mannerist' - as a substitute for close critical argument. From the sympathetic but searching appraisals in this volume the best writers of the age - Lucan, Seneca, Statius, Juvenal, Tacitus - emerge as men having something important to say and not merely technicians preoccupied with the most extravagant or paradoxical way of saying it. Complementary to these central figures as giving the age its special character and atmosphere are the minor poets, the satirists, the scholars and rhetoricians, the lesser historians, epistolographers and technical writers, whose varied activity provides the background to the main developments. The whole offers a detailed portrait of the literary interests of an age that was of necessity becoming increasingly more conscious of the past and of the problems of coping with its cultural heritage.
 

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Contents

Challenge and response
1
Persius
7
The Younger Seneca
15
2 Life and works
17
3 Senecan prose
18
4 Senecan tragedy
23
The Octavia
34
Lucan
37
2 Petronius
139
History and biography
143
2 Q Curtius Rufus
145
3 Tacitus
146
4 Pliny the Younger
159
5 Suetonius
165
6 Florus
168
Technical writing
171

Flavian epic
62
2 Statius
65
3 Valerius
84
4 Silius
94
Martial and Juvenal
101
Minor poetry
128
2 Calpurnius Siculus
130
3 Bucolica Einsidlensia
132
5 Aetna
133
6 Epigrams ascribed to Seneca and Petronius
134
7 Priapea
135
Prose satire
137
2 Columella
172
3 Pliny the Elder
174
4 Frontinus
176
Rhetoric and scholarship
178
2 Pronto
180
3 Aulus Gellius
182
Appendix of authors and works
185
Metrical appendix
224
Abbreviations
228
Works cited in the text
232
Index
237
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