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A Handbook of Latin Literature: From the Earliest Times to the Death of St. Augustine Paperback – Jun 1996


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  • Paperback: 582 pages
  • Publisher: Bolchazy Carducci Pub; New ed of 1954 ed edition (June 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865163170
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865163171
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 14.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 726 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,045,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A companion edition to A Handbook of Greek Literature, A Handbook of Latin Literature is an excellent resource for anyone who reads, studies, teaches, or writes literature. The Handbook:
- is a portable, affordable, and comprehensive treatment of the authors, works and times
- contains astute and sensitive analysis
- covers all authors of pagan and Christian literature including: Augustine, Boethius, Caesar, Catullus, Cicero, Horace, Livy, Lucretius, Martial, Ovid, Plautus, Servius, Terence, and Vergil
- includes an extensive bibliography by Professor E. Courtney
- has an index of names, places, and terms

From the Author

"Like its companion, my Handbook of Greek Literature, this volume claims no originality of matter or treatment, but is an attempt to put together, within a moderate compass, such things as are known or reasonably supposed concerning the classical and early post-classical writings in the Latin tongue. In one respect it differs from the other work. That excluded all Jewish and Christian authors as representing a spirit totally different from that of Greece and therefore needing to be treated separately. But Latin Christianity, so far as the author can perceive, is separated by no such gap from the main stream of Western literature. . . . Consequently the reader will find, in the last chapter, a sketch of those Christian writers whose interest for the non-theologian seemed greatest or their influence in any direction most important." From the Author's Preface."

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Having studied Latin all throughout high school, I was thoroughly proficient in grammar and mythology. However, I always felt lacking when it came to the wealth of Latin literature available. Studying Vergil's epic, the Aeneid, took a year in itself. At this rate, I would never become substantially familiar with Latin literature.
Then I was introduced to A Handbook of Latin Literature, a comprehensive reference of all significant authors and works. While the degree of detail makes this book no easy read, the same factor makes it extremely useful, as I can just look up any author or work when I come across an unfamiliar reference and learn everything I need to know. For the Latin scholar, I highly recommend this book as a collection of facts about literature. For the rest of us, A Handbook of Latin Literature serves as an excellent reference book for a topic that is too often ignored.
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Having studied Latin all throughout high school, I was thoroughly proficient in grammar and mythology. However, I always felt lacking when it came to the wealth of Latin literature available. Studying Vergil's epic, the Aeneid, took a year in itself. At this rate, I would never become substantially familiar with Latin literature.
Then I was introduced to A Handbook of Latin Literature, a comprehensive reference of all significant authors and works. While the degree of detail makes this book no easy read, the same factor makes it extremely useful, as I can just look up any author or work when I come across an unfamiliar reference and learn everything I need to know. For the Latin scholar, I highly recommend this book as a collection of facts about literature. For the rest of us, A Handbook of Latin Literature serves as an excellent reference book for a topic that is too often ignored.


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