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A Handbook of Latin Literature: From the Earliest Times to the Death of St. Augustine [Paperback]

Herbert J. Rose , H. J. Rose
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December 1996 0865163170 978-0865163171 New ed of 1954 ed
A Handbook of Latin Literature (reprint of the 1954 edition) is a concise, yet comprehensive survey of Latin literature that provides brief biographical information about ancient authors from the earliest to the Christian and pagan writers, analyses of the most prominent works, and the historical and cultural context. It also places the works alongside their contemporaries, rates their relative importance in their own times and later periods, and explores their influence on subsequent literatures and Western Civilization. Each known work is discussed and analyzed in terms of content, chronology, genre, significance, meaning, genetic relationship to other works, and ancient and modern scholarship.

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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

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"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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5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive Reference Aug. 31 2003
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive Reference Aug. 31 2003
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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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