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The Resource Roman literary culture : from Cicero to Apuleius, Elaine Fantham

Roman literary culture : from Cicero to Apuleius, Elaine Fantham

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Roman literary culture : from Cicero to Apuleius
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Roman literary culture
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from Cicero to Apuleius
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Elaine Fantham
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Language
eng
Summary
  • Scholars of ancient literature have often focused on the works and lives of major authors rather than on such questions as how these works were produced and who read them and under what circumstances. In Roman Literary Culture Elaine Fantham fills that gap by examining the changing social and historical context of literary production in ancient Rome and its empire. Fantham discusses the habits of Roman readers and developments in their means of access to literature, from booksellers and copyists to pirated publications and libraries. She examines the issues of patronage and the utility of literature. She shows how the constraints of the physical object itself - the ancient "book"--Influenced the practice of both reading and writing. And she explores the ways in which ancient criticism and critical attitudes reflected cultural assumptions of the time
  • Beginning with Cicero and his older contemporary Varro, Roman Literary Culture reviews both the public and the more private literary forms of the Augustan Age, when an elite reared on the primacy of Greek culture first confronted - and took pride in - their Roman literary inheritance. By the first century A.D., Fantham explains, Roman models dominated, and a new readership was evolving which included women and non-elite readers in the provinces who benefitted from a newly emerging commercial book trade. The second century brought a recurrence of Greek influence, as celebrated Greek rhetoricians and performers gave rise to a hybrid culture in which Greek and Latin values intertwined. The book concludes with a look at the ecumenical spread of Latin and its perpetuation through Christian literature
  • Scholars of ancient literature have often focused on the works and lives of major authors rather than on such questions as how these works were produced and who read them and under what circumstances. In Roman Literary Culture Elaine Fantham fills that gap by examining the changing social and historical context of literary production in ancient Rome and its empire. Fantham discusses the habits of Roman readers and developments in their means of access to literature, from booksellers and copyists to pirated publications and libraries. She examines the issues of patronage and the utility of literature. She shows how the constraints of the physical object itself - the ancient "book" - influenced the practice of both reading and writing. And she explores the ways in which ancient criticism and critical attitudes reflected cultural assumptions of the time
  • Beginning with Cicero and his older contemporary Varro, Roman Literary Culture reviews both the public and the more private literary forms of the Augustan Age, when an elite reared on the primacy of Greek culture first confronted - and took pride in - their Roman literary inheritance. By the first century A.D., Fantham explains, Roman models dominated, and a new readership was evolving which included women and non-elite readers in the provinces who benefitted from a newly emerging commercial book trade. The second century brought a recurrence of Greek influence, as celebrated Greek rhetoricians and performers gave rise to a hybrid culture in which Greek and Latin values intertwined. The book concludes with a look at the ecumenical spread of Latin and its perpetuation through Christian literature
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Fantham, Elaine
Index
index present
LC call number
PA6003
LC item number
.F36 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Ancient society and history
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  • Latin literature
  • Literature and history
  • Latin literature
  • Literature and history
  • Rome
Label
Roman literary culture : from Cicero to Apuleius, Elaine Fantham
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 309-315) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Toward a Social History of Latin Literature -- 1. Rome at the End of the Republic -- 2. The Coming of the Principate: "Augustan" Literary Culture -- 3. Un-Augustan Activities -- 4. An Inhibited Generation: Suppression and Survival -- 5. Between Nero and Domitian: The Challenge to Poetry -- 6. Literature and the Governing Classes: From the Accession of Vespasian to the Death of Trajan -- 7. Literary Culture in Decline: The Antonine Years
Control code
32968488
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xv, 326 pages
Isbn
9780801852046
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
95037599
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
Roman literary culture : from Cicero to Apuleius, Elaine Fantham
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 309-315) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Toward a Social History of Latin Literature -- 1. Rome at the End of the Republic -- 2. The Coming of the Principate: "Augustan" Literary Culture -- 3. Un-Augustan Activities -- 4. An Inhibited Generation: Suppression and Survival -- 5. Between Nero and Domitian: The Challenge to Poetry -- 6. Literature and the Governing Classes: From the Accession of Vespasian to the Death of Trajan -- 7. Literary Culture in Decline: The Antonine Years
Control code
32968488
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xv, 326 pages
Isbn
9780801852046
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
95037599
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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