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A Companion to Latin Literature

ISBN: 978-1-4051-3737-9
472 pages
April 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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A Companion to Latin Literature gives an authoritative account of Latin literature from its beginnings in the third century BC through to the end of the second century AD.

  • Provides expert overview of the main periods of Latin literary history, major genres, and key themes
  • Covers all the major Latin works of prose and poetry, from Ennius to Augustine, including Lucretius, Cicero, Catullus, Livy, Vergil, Seneca, and Apuleius
  • Includes invaluable reference material – dictionary entries on authors, chronological chart of political and literary history, and an annotated bibliography
  • Serves as both a discursive literary history and a general reference book
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List of Figures viii

Chronological Table ix

Notes on Contributors xii

Preface xvi

Reference Works: Abbreviations xvii

Introduction: Constructing Latin Literature 1
Stephen Harrison

PART I PERIODS 13

1 The Early Republic: the Beginnings to 90 BC 15
Sander M. Goldberg

2 The Late Republican/Triumviral Period: 90–40 BC 31
D. S. Levene

3 The Augustan Period: 40 BC–AD 14 44
Joseph Farrell

4 The Early Empire: AD 14–68 58
Roland Mayer

5 The High Empire: AD 69–200 69
Bruce Gibson

PART II GENRES 81

6 Narrative Epic 83
Philip Hardie

7 Didactic Epic 101
Monica Gale

8 Roman Tragedy 116
Elaine Fantham

9 Comedy, Atellane Farce and Mime 130
Costas Panayotakis

10 Pastoral 148
Stephen Heyworth

11 Love Elegy 159
Roy Gibson

12 Satire 174
Llewelyn Morgan

13 Lyric and Iambic 189
Stephen Harrison

14 Epigram 201
Lindsay C. Watson

15 The Novel 213
Stephen Harrison

16 Dialogues and Treatises 223
J. G. F. Powell

17 Historiography and Biography 241
Christina Shuttleworth Kraus

18 Oratory 257
D. H. Berry

19 Epistolography 270
Catharine Edwards

PART III THEMES 285

20 Decline and Nostalgia 287
Stephen Harrison

21 Art and Text 300
Jas´ Elsner

22 The Passions 319
Robert A. Kaster

23 Sex and Gender 331
A. M. Keith

24 Friendship and Patronage 345
David Konstan

25 Romans and Others 360
Yasmin Syed

26 Marriage and Family 372
Susan Treggiari

27 Slavery and Class 385
Thomas Habinek

28 Centre and Periphery 394
Alessandro Barchiesi

Bibliography 406

Index 444

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Stephen Harrison is Professor of Classical Languages and Literatures at Oxford University and a Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford. His recent publications include Apuleius: A Latin Sophist (2000), Apuleius: Rhetorical Works (ed. 2001) and Texts, Ideas and the Classics (ed. 2001).
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  • An authoritative account of Latin literature from its beginnings in the third century BC through to the end of the second century AD
  • Provides expert overview of the main periods of Latin literary history, major genres, and key themes
  • Covers all the major Latin works of prose and poetry, from Ennius to Augustine, including Lucretius, Cicero, Catullus, Livy, Vergil, Seneca, and Apuleius
  • Includes invaluable reference material – dictionary entries on authors, chronological chart of political and literary history, and an annotated bibliography
  • Serves as both a discursive literary history and a general reference book
See More
"Not least among the advantages of this format is that it challenges scholars typically working in a climate of intensive specialization to synthesize and distill their knowledge to a greater extent than is normally encouraged." (Phoenix, 2009)

"Essay after essay conveys the excitement of research into the ancient world, showing that nothing is settled, that there are always new questions and new ideas. The essays are lively and provocative, making representative use of source material and enticing readers to enter into the debate themselves. ... There is little to criticise in this volume. ... This Companion titillates the reader into thinking about Latin literature in excitingly new ways." (Scholia Reviews)

"An invaluable source of assistance and instruction for students." (Reference Reviews)

"I can warmly recommend this book, both to experts who wish to have an up-to-date account of the latest trends in the study of Latin literature and to undergraduate and graduate students who can mine this volume for suitable paper and even dissertation topics." (Bryn Mawr Classical Review)

"Essay after essay conveys the excitement of research into the ancient world, showing that nothing is settled, that there are always new questions and new ideas. The essays are lively and provocative, making representative use of source material and enticing readers to enter into the debate themselves ... There is little to criticise in this volume ... This 'Companion' titillates the reader into thinking about Latin literature in excitingly new ways." Scholia Reviews

"An invaluable source of assistance and instruction for students." Reference Reviews

"I can warmly recommend this book, both to experts who wish to have an up-to-date account of the latest trends in the study of Latin literature and to undergraduate and graduate students who can mine this volume for suitable paper and even dissertation topics." Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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