A History of Greek and Roman Classical Literature

Paperback | January 3, 2012

byA. Louage

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1873. Excerpt: ... words. "We can judge him only by the quotations of Cicero, as none of his pieces are extant. Publius Syrus was a slave from Syria, and was freed by Publius, hence his double name; he wrote many mimes, but we have none left. What remains from Syrus are eight or nine hundred maxims, very seldom exceeding one line, but containing reflections of unrivalled force, truth, and beauty, on all the various relations, situations, and feelings of human life. Those maxims were a sort of store of commonplaces and precepts of morality, which they could introduce appropriately in their extemporaneous performances. The mimes, soon after Augustus, were replaced by Pantomimes, exhibitions which threw a great discredit on the stage, on account of their being sensual and licentious. Even under the reign of Augustus, the pantomime was already popular. Section II.--Elegiac Poetry. C. Valerius Catullus was born at Verona, in 86. He came very early to Rome, where he led a profligate life, and died when he was but thirty years old; some, however, say when he was forty-one years of age. His poems, which are numerous, are chiefly employed in the indulgence and consummation of his loves. They have been divided in lyric, elegiac, and epigrammatic. He seems to have been the earliest lyric poet of Latium, although Horace claims the same honor. Much of his poetry appears to have been lost. Many of his amatory trifles are quite unrivalled in the elegance of their playfulness, and no author has excelled him in the purity and neatness of his style, the delightful ease and simplicity of his manner, and his graceful turn of thought and happiness of expression. Some of his productions breathe the highest enthusiasm of the art, and are colored with a singular picturesqueness of imagery. Catullus was well versed in Greek l...

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1873. Excerpt: ... words. "We can judge him only by the quotations of Cicero, as none of his pieces are extant. Publius Syrus was a slave from Syria, and was freed by Publiu...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:56 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:January 3, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217152988

ISBN - 13:9780217152983

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