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Latin literature
Braund, Susanna Morton.
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London ; New York : Routledge, [2002]

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xvi, 304 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Virgil and the meaning of the Aeneid. -- Role models for Roman women and men in Livy. -- What is Latin literature? -- What does studying Latin literature involve? -- Making Roman identity: multiculturalism, militarism and masculinity. -- Performance and spectacle, life and death. -- Intersections of power: praise, politics and patrons. -- Annihilation and abjection: living death and living slavery. -- Writing 'real' lives. -- Introspection and individual identity. -- Literary texture and intertextuality. -- Metapoetics. -- Allegory. -- Overcoming an inferiority complex: the relationship with Greek literature. -- Building Rome and building Roman literature. -- Extract from Darkness visible / by W.R. Johnson. -- Who's afraid of literary theory? / by Simon Goldhill.

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PA6003 .B73 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This highly accessible, user-friendly work provides a fresh and illuminating introduction to the most important aspects of Latin prose and poetry.
Readers are constantly encouraged to think for themselves about how and why we study the texts in question. They are stimulated and inspired to do their own further reading through engagement with a wide selection of translated extracts, and with a useful exploration of the different ways in which they can be approached. Central throughout is the theme of the fundamental connections between Latin literature and issues of elite Roman culture.
The versatile structure of the book makes it suitable both for individual and class use.

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As Braund (English, Yale Univ.) indicates in her introduction, this book is indeed user-friendly in its approach. The tone is refreshing and almost conversational, and the author encourages the nonspecialist to enjoy and think about Latin literature by giving clear background explanations and large doses of well-translated texts (the few key Latin words are all translated, except for some passages mentioned for further study in the chapter on intertextuality). The book comprises 15 chapters, among them "Virgil and the Meaning of the Aeneid," "Performance and Spectacle, Life and Death," "Writing 'Real' Lives," "Allegory," and "Building Rome and Building Roman Literature." Braund succeeds in introducing epic poetry, history, oratory, comedy, tragedy, biography, letter writing, and elegiac poetry and offers links with Greek and modern English literature. She also exposes the reader (perhaps for the first time) to literary criticism and metapoetics. Thus, this book is not only a well-written introduction, complementing larger reference works, but itself can become a springboard for students wanting to explore Latin literature in more depth and to pursue some of the endless connections with other literatures. Highly recommended, especially for lower- and upper-division undergraduate collections. G. D. Bird Gordon College (MA)

Table of Contents

1 Virgil and the Meaning of the Aeneid
2 Role Models for Roman Women and Men in Livy
3 What is Latin Literature?
4 What Does Studying Latin literature Involve?
5 Making Roman Identity: Multiculturalism, Militarism and Masculinity
6 Performance and Spectacle, Life and Death
7 Intersections of Power: Praise, Patrons and Politics
8 Annihilation and Abjection: Living Death and Living Slavery
9 Writing 'Real' Lives
10 Introspection and Individual Identity
11 Literary Texture and Intertextuality
12 Metapoetics
13 Allegory
14 Overcoming an Inferiority Complex: The Relationship with Greek Literature
15 Building Rome and Roman Literature