By Stephen Harrison
A spouse to Latin Literature supplies an authoritative account of Latin literature from its beginnings within the 3rd century BC via to the tip of the second one century advert.
• presents specialist evaluation of the most sessions of Latin literary background, significant genres, and key subject matters
• Covers all of the significant Latin works of prose and poetry, from Ennius to Augustine, together with Lucretius, Cicero, Catullus, Livy, Vergil, Seneca, and Apuleius
• comprises valuable reference fabric – dictionary entries on authors, chronological chart of political and literary historical past, and an annotated bibliography
• Serves as either a discursive literary heritage and a basic reference book
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It also offered a measure of protection from the consequences of his wit. Defamation was actionable at Rome, and the evident impunity with which Lucilius attacked the excesses around him suggests the advantages of high social position. That position was itself a feature of the poems, but the biographical details so easily culled from their fragments present a significant interpretive challenge for modern readers. 2004 4:05am page 27 The Early Republic: the Beginnings to 90 BC 27 That I become a tax collector in Asia or an assessor instead of Lucilius, that I refuse and will not exchange for the world (650–1W) Horace would later say that the old satirist drew from his experience and put his life on view, as if on a painted tablet (S.
A negative example proves the point. The fabula praetexta (see also Fantham, Chapter 8 below) was a genre that put the deeds of great Romans on the stage. It was said to be Naevius’ invention: plays celebrating the founding of Rome (Romulus or Lupus) and a victory of Claudius Marcellus in 234 (Clastidium) are attributed to him. Ennius also wrote praetextae, as did the tragic poets Pacuvius and Accius. The plays were performed at festivals and triumphs and may have played a significant role in disseminating the facts of Roman history and developing a sense of Roman identity among the populus.
5 The Status of Poets: Lucilius The recuperation of poetry’s reputation in the late second century was thus also the legacy of Crates, though the phenomenon is best illustrated from the late Republic, when praise poetry again became respectable. The rationale for its acceptance is articulated especially well by Cicero in his defence of the poet Archias: At eis laudibus certe non solum ipse qui laudatur sed etiam populi Romani nomen ornatur. in caelum huius proavus Cato tollitur; magnus honos populi Romani rebus adiungitur.