The Classical Roman Reader: New Encounters with Ancient Rome

Paperback | December 1, 1998

EditorKenneth J. Atchity

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Western civilization is in many ways an outgrowth of the Roman Empire. The Classical Roman Reader, which contains a collection of some of the finest and most important writing of the Roman period, brings the modern reader into direct contact with the literature, political thought, science, artand architecture, and psychology of classical Rome. Here are the wonders of the Roman world presented in a modern, accessible manner. Each selection is preceded by an introduction that identifies the author and provides information that allows modern readers to consider these texts in a new light. What we discover might be surprising. For instance,in Cicero's orations and Marcus Aurelius' meditations, we hear echoes of today's political forums and popular-psychology talk-show hosts. Virgil's ironic dramatization of the founding myth in the Aeneid prepared the way for America's deeply embedded ambivalence toward the presidency. The Romanpreference for practicality over philosophy, leading to a network of superhighways that joined Europe, Asia, Asia Minor, and Africa, literally paved the way for the "global village" of the contemporary world. From Plautus' wildly comic plays to Cato's instructions on farming, and from Catullus' erotic poems to Petronius' descriptions of the decadent splendor of the declining empire, The Classical Roman Reader provides access to the literary, artistic, social, religious, political, scientific, andphilosophical texts that shaped Roman thinking and helped form the backbone of Western culture.

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The Classical Roman Reader is a collection of some of the finest and most significant writing from the Roman period. From Platus’ comic plays to Cato’s instructions on farming, the reference provides access to the literary, artistic, social and philosophical tests that shaped Roman thinking and helped to build the foundations of Wester...

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Western civilization is in many ways an outgrowth of the Roman Empire. The Classical Roman Reader, which contains a collection of some of the finest and most important writing of the Roman period, brings the modern reader into direct contact with the literature, political thought, science, artand architecture, and psychology of classic...

Kenneth J. Atchity, a former professor at Occidental College and Fulbright Professor at the University of Bologna, is the author and editor of many books, including The Renaissance Reader, Homer's Iliad, Homer: Critical Essays, and The Classical Greek Reader.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 7.28 × 9.09 × 1.3 inPublished:December 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195127404

ISBN - 13:9780195127409

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The Classical Roman Reader is a collection of some of the finest and most significant writing from the Roman period. From Platus’ comic plays to Cato’s instructions on farming, the reference provides access to the literary, artistic, social and philosophical tests that shaped Roman thinking and helped to build the foundations of Western culture.

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"The selections give an excellent overview of Roman life and letters. This book will make enlightening reading for the serious undergraduate student of Roman civilization."--Patricia Matsen, University of South Carolina