Latin Forms of Address: From Plautus to Apuleius by Eleanor DickeyLatin Forms of Address: From Plautus to Apuleius by Eleanor Dickey

Latin Forms of Address: From Plautus to Apuleius

byEleanor Dickey

Paperback | June 12, 2007

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How did Romans address their children, their parents, their slaves, and their patrons? When one Roman called another 'dearest', 'master', 'brother', 'human being', 'executioner', or 'soft little cheese', what did these terms really mean and why? This book brings to bear on such questions acorpus of 15,441 addresses spanning four centuries, drawn from literary prose, poetry, letters, inscriptions, ostraca, and papyri and analysed during recent work in sociolinguistics. The results offer new insights into Roman culture and shed a fresh light on the interpretation of numerous passagesin literature. A glossary of the 500 most common addresses and quick-reference tables explaining the rules of usage make this book a valuable resource for Latin teachers and all active users of the language, while the evidence for the investigations behind these conclusions will fascinate scholarsand laymen alike. Original, jargon-free, and highly readable, this work will be enjoyed even by those with no prior knowledge of Latin.
Eleanor Dickey is Assistant Professor of Classics at Columbia University.
Title:Latin Forms of Address: From Plautus to ApuleiusFormat:PaperbackDimensions:428 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.91 inPublished:June 12, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199239053

ISBN - 13:9780199239054


Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I. Addresses1. Names2. Titles3. Kinship Terms4. Terms of Endearment, Affection, and Esteem5. Insults6. Other Addresses7. The Use of mi and oII. Interactions8. Addresses between Known People without any Special Attachment to One Another9. Addresses to Strangers and Nameless Characters10. Addresses between Relatives11. Addresses between Spouses and Others with a Romantic Interest12. Addresses to Groups13. Addresses to and from Non-Humans

Editorial Reviews

`Eleanor Dickey catalogues and describes with admirable scholarly thoroughness the forms of address used by Romans ... She deserves congratulation for her meticulous, well-written and clearly argued work of reference which provides a remarkable collection of one type of evidence for the Romanobsession with hierarchy and status.'Stephen Harrison, Times Literary Supplement