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By Stephen Harrison

ISBN-10: 0631235299

ISBN-13: 9780631235293

A significant other to Latin Literature offers an authoritative account of Latin literature from its beginnings within the 3rd century BC via to the tip of the second one century advert.

• offers professional assessment of the most sessions of Latin literary heritage, significant genres, and key subject matters
• Covers the entire significant Latin works of prose and poetry, from Ennius to Augustine, together with Lucretius, Cicero, Catullus, Livy, Vergil, Seneca, and Apuleius
• comprises worthwhile reference fabric – dictionary entries on authors, chronological chart of political and literary heritage, and an annotated bibliography
• Serves as either a discursive literary background and a basic reference book

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But even if we focus on the type of competitive politics that found its expression in Cicero and Caesar, it is not clear that the distinction between this period and those that succeeded it is really to be drawn so sharply. Granted that it is hard to find precise parallels to the political immediacy of Cicero’s speeches and letters at later periods, although this may be partly an accident of survival, since political participation (albeit on very different terms) did continue under the Empire, nevertheless it is also true that the changed political circumstances required considerably more circumspection on the part of the writer (Fairweather 1981: 138–42).

As it happens, Donatus also assigns production of Phormio to the Megalenses, which could explain the aediles’ appearance in the record. Was the production of Phormio, then, at the ludi Megalenses or Romani? In what year? The impossible formula ‘Q. Caspione Gn. Servilio cos’ probably disguises the name Cn. Servilius Caepio and the praenomen of his consular colleague, Q. Pompeius. Yet they were consuls in 141, nearly a generation after Terence’s death. What, then, are we looking at, and where did it come from?

123; cf. Div. 43–5). 2004 4:05am page 24 Sander M. Goldberg the lexical oddities they supplied for ancient grammarians. Their lack of Greek origin denied them the cultural authority of tragedy and comedy. They were also too closely tied to the politics of praise, as some famous testimony of Cato confirms. At the beginning of the Tusculan Disputations, Cicero supports his claim that Romans have equalled the achievements of Greek culture by pointing to the success of Latin poetry, which rivals the Greek despite its late start: Sero igitur a nostris poetae vel cogniti vel recepti.

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