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Masters of Roman Prose from Cato to Apuleius (Paperback)

Interpretive Studies

Ancient History > Rome & the Roman Provinces > Roman Language & Literature

Imprint: Francis Cairns Publications
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9780995461208
Published: 31st October 2016
Casemate UK Academic

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In this commented anthology of Latin prose, Michael von  Albrecht selects texts from a span of Roman literature covering  four centuries. A summary of the contents will indicate its range  and variety: M. Porcius Cato (the preface to  De agricultura , a passage from the speech for the Rhodians of 167 B.C., and a  section from the  Origines ); republican oratory (C. Gracchus, from  De legibus promulgatis  of 122 B.C. and Cicero from  In Verrem II ); Caesar as orator and historian; two passages of Sallust; a comparison of Claudius Quadrigarius and Livy as historiographers;  philosophical texts from Cicero and the Younger Seneca; and  chapters on Petronius, Tacitus, Pliny the Younger, and Apuleius.


The method of the book is practical, based on actual  interpretation of specific texts rather than on literary theory  (ancient or modern). Each text (printed first in Latin and then  in English) is followed by a detailed and flexible discussion,  somewhere between essay and commentary. No set pattern is imposed  - rather the nature of the text governs the shape of its analysis  - but Professor von Albrecht's vivid scholarly exposition covers  most dimensions of the art of Latin prose-writing. The book's  variety of texts and close treatment of specific Latin passages  make it an ideal coursebook for the study of Latin prose. But  behind its accessibility lies scholarship of the highest order:  Professor von Albrecht's exemplary erudition reveals itself in  the extensive annotation underpinning his main text; and  researchers in any of the fields covered by Latin prose-writers -  philosophy, politics, history, letters, practical handbooks,  entertainment - will find this book a valuable resource. This  book was originally published in German ( Meister römischer Prosa von Cato bis Apuleius , 1971). It has been accurately and sympathetically translated by Neil Adkin.

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