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Camb History of Classical Lit v2 p1 (The Cambridge History of Classical Literature) E. J. Kenney 0521273757 9780521273756 In the third century BC Rome embarked on the expansion which was ultimately to leave her mistress of the Med
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Camb History of Classical Lit v2 p1 (The Cambridge History of Classical Literature) by E. J. Kenney

In the third century BC Rome embarked on the expansion which was ultimately to leave her mistress of the Mediterranean world. As part of that expansion a national literature arose, springing from the union of native linguistic energy with Greek literary forms. Shortly after the middle of the century the first Latin play took the stage; by 100 BC most of the important genres invented by the Greeks - epic, tragedy, comedy, historiography, oratory - were solidly established in their adoptive Roman forms, and a new genre, satire, had been born. The chapters in this volume describe and analyse the process of creative adaptation which shaped the beginnings of Latin literature and laid the foundations for its future development as one of the great literatures of the world. Essential background is provided by introductory chapters on readers and critics in the Roman world. In these are described the form of the books themselves and the conditions under which they were produced, circulated and read. The whole volume offers an indispensable introduction to the understanding of the nature and quality of Latin literature.

Author: E. J. Kenney

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 236

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Publication Date: 1983-08-31

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