Literature in the Roman World: A New Perspective

Paperback | August 1, 2001

EditorOliver Taplin

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'Our present appreciation of Greek and Roman literature should be informed and influenced by consideration of what it was originally appreciated for. The past, for all its alienness, affects and changes the present.'The focus of this book - its new perspective - is on the 'receivers' of literature: readers, spectators, and audiences. Six contributors, drawn from both sides of the Atlantic, explore the various and changing interactions between the makers of literature and their audiences or readers from thebeginning of the Roman empire to the end of the classical era.The contributors deploy fresh insights to map out lively and provocative, yet accessible, surveys. They cover the kinds of literature which have shaped western culture - epic, lyric, tragedy, comedy, history, philosophy, rhetoric, epigram, elegy, pastoral, satire, biography, epistle, declamation,and panegyric. Who were the audiences, and why did they regard their literature as so important?

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'Our present appreciation of Greek and Roman literature should be informed and influenced by consideration of what it was originally appreciated for. The past, for all its alienness, affects and changes the present.'The focus of this book - its new perspective - is on the 'receivers' of literature: readers, spectators, and audiences. S...

Oliver Taplin is Professor of Classical Languages and Literature at Oxford University, where he is a Tutorial Fellow at Magdalen College. He is also co-director (with Edith Hall) of the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama. His books include 'Homeric Soundings' (Oxford, 1992) and 'Comic Angels' (Oxford, 1993). He maintains...

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Format:PaperbackPublished:August 1, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Oliver Taplin: IntroductionLatin Literature1. Matthew Leigh: Primitivism and Power: The beginnings of Latin literature2. Christina S. Kraus: Forging a national identity: Prose literature down to the time of Augustus3. Llewelyn Morgan: Escapes from orthodoxy: Poetry of the late Republic4. Llewelyn Morgan: Creativity out of chaos: Poetry between the death of Caesar and the death of Virgil5. Philip Hardie: Coming to terms with the Empire: Poetry of the later Augustan and Tiberian period6. Christina S. Kraus: The path between truculence and servility: Prose literature from Augustus to Hadrian7. Matthew Leigh: Oblique politics: Epic of the imperial period8. Catherine Connors: Imperial space and time: The literature of leisure9. Michael Dewar: Culture wars: Latin literature from the second century to the end of the classical eraFurther ReadingChronologyAcknowledgementsIndex

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`Review from previous edition this book is both brilliant in conception and execution'Classical Associated News December 2000