"This authoritative history of Latin literature offers a comprehensive survey of the thousand-year period from the origins of Latin as a written language to the early Middle Ages. At once a reference work, a bibliographic guide, a literary study, and a reader's handbook, Latin Literature: A History is the first work of its kind to appear in English in nearly four decades." "From the first examples of written Latin through Gregory of Tours in the sixth century and the Venerable Bede in the seventh, Latin Literature offers a wide-ranging panorama of all major Latin authors. Including names, dates, edition citations, and detailed summaries, the work combines the virtues of an encyclopedia with the critical intelligence readers have come to expect from Italy's leading Latinist, Gian Biagio Conte. Many of the entries - those on Virgil and Petronius, for example - provide elegantly compact formulations of work on the very frontier of current study, and virtually all entries offer something of interest for the lay reader and expert alike."--BOOK JACKET.
Translation of: Letteratura latina.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Foreword / Elaine Fantham
Introduction: Literary History and Historiography
Pt. 1. The Early and Middle Republics
The Early Roman Theater
Oratory and Historiography in the Archaic Period
Literature and Culture in the Period of the Conquests
The Development of Tragedy: Pacuvius and Accius
The Development of Epic Poetry: From Ennius to Virgil
Politics and Culture between the Era of the Gracchi and the Sullan Restoration
Pt. 2. The Late Republic
The Age of Caesar (78-44 B.C.)
Neoteric Poetry and Catullus
Philology, Biography, and Antiquarianism at the End of the Republic
Pt. 3. The Age of Augustus
43 BC.-A.D. 17: Characteristics of a Period
Elegy: Tibullus and Propertius
Directions in Historiography
Scholarship and Technical Disciplines
Legal Literature: From Its Beginnings to the Early Empire
Pt. 4. The Early Empire
Culture and Spectacle: The Literature of the Early Empire
The Poetic Genres in the Julio-Claudian Period
Satire under the Principate: Persius and Juvenal
Epic in the Flavian Period
Pliny the Elder and Specialist Knowledge
Martial and the Epigram
The Age of the Adoptive Emperors
Pliny the Younger
Suetonius and the Minor Historians
Philology, Rhetoric and Literary Criticism, Law
Developments in Poetry: The Poetae Novelli
Pt. 5. The Late Empire
From the Severans to Diocletian (193-305)
From Constantine to the Sack of Rome (306-410)
The Apogee of Christian Culture
From Honorius to Odoacer (410-476)
The Dawn of the Middle Ages. App.1. Chronological Tables
App.2. Greek Authors and Texts
App.3. Roman Culture: Politics, Society, Ideology
App.4. Terms of Rhetoric, Metrics, and Literary Criticism.
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