Fragments of Roman Poetry c.60 BC-AD 20 by Adrian S. HollisFragments of Roman Poetry c.60 BC-AD 20 by Adrian S. Hollis

Fragments of Roman Poetry c.60 BC-AD 20

EditorAdrian S. Hollis

Paperback | May 15, 2009

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This book aims to fill in the literary history of the greatest period of Latin poetry, about 60 BC to AD 20. Catullus (by a slender thread) has survived, but later contemporaries valued his friend Calvus just as highly; comparison of the two reveals an extraordinarily close relationship.Horace mentions Varius Rufus in the same breath as Virgil. Adrian Hollis prints fragments of up to thirty poets, with an individual introduction and a translation for each. Almost every genre of ancient poetry is represented, from heroic epic to scurrilous lampoon. Hollis's commentary, fuller andricher than any yet published, contains many new ideas. In some cases (such as Varius Rufus) the fragments illumine the history of this period, which saw the collapse of the Roman Republic and establishment of the Augustan Empire. Taken together, these fragmentary texts enable us better toappreciate surviving great poets such as Catullus and Virgil.
Adrian S. Hollis is an Emeritus Fellow of Keble College, Oxford.
Title:Fragments of Roman Poetry c.60 BC-AD 20Format:PaperbackDimensions:450 pagesPublished:May 15, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199567832

ISBN - 13:9780199567836

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Table of Contents

1. List of Poets2. Numbering of Items3. Introduction4. Text, Translation, and Commentary5. Appendix: Named poets of whom no verbatim quotations survive

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