The Cambridge History Of Classical Literature: Volume 2, Latin Literature, Part 4, The Early Principate by E. J. KenneyThe Cambridge History Of Classical Literature: Volume 2, Latin Literature, Part 4, The Early Principate by E. J. Kenney

The Cambridge History Of Classical Literature: Volume 2, Latin Literature, Part 4, The Early…

EditorE. J. Kenney, W. V. Clausen

Paperback | August 31, 1983

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'Perfection is finality; finality is death'. The poets and prose writers of the first and early second centuries AD were not deterred by the towering stature of their Augustan predecessors from attempting new and often brilliant variations on the now traditional themes and genres. The so-called 'Silver' Age of Latin literature has tended to be characterized in terms of dismissive or question- begging stereotypes - 'decadent', 'rhetorical', 'baroque', 'mannerist' - as a substitute for close critical argument. From the sympathetic but searching appraisals in this volume the best writers of the age - Lucan, Seneca, Statius, Juvenal, Tacitus - emerge as men having something important to say and not merely technicians preoccupied with the most extravagant or paradoxical way of saying it. Complementary to these central figures as giving the age its special character and atmosphere are the minor poets, the satirists, the scholars and rhetoricians, the lesser historians, epistolographers and technical writers, whose varied activity provides the background to the main developments. The whole offers a detailed portrait of the literary interests of an age that was of necessity becoming increasingly more conscious of the past and of the problems of coping with its cultural heritage.
Bernard Knox was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire on November 24, 1914. After studying classics at St. John's College, Cambridge, he fought with the Republican forces in the Spanish Civil War. In 1939, he married Betty Baur and began teaching Latin at a private school in Greenwich, Connecticut. During World War II, he served in the Uni...
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Title:The Cambridge History Of Classical Literature: Volume 2, Latin Literature, Part 4, The Early…Format:PaperbackDimensions:252 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.59 inPublished:August 31, 1983Publisher:Cambridge University Press

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ISBN - 10:0521273722

ISBN - 13:9780521273725

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Table of Contents

1. Challenge and response D. W. T. C. Vessey; 2. Persius Niall Rudd; 3. The Younger Seneca C. J. Herington; 4. Lucan J. C. Bramble; 5. Flavian epic D. W. T. C. Vessey; 6. Martial and Juvenal J. C. Bramble; 7. Minor poetry F. R. D. Goodyear; 8. Prose satire F. R. D. Goodyear; 9. History and biography F. R. D. Goodyear; 10. Technical writing F. R. D. Goodyear; 11. Rhetoric and scholarship F. R. D. Goodyear; Abbreviations; Index.