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Latin Literature (Classical Foundations) [Ebook] ➡ Latin Literature (Classical Foundations) ➧ Susanna Braund – This highly accessible user friendly work provides a fresh and illuminating introduction to the most important aspects of Latin prose and poetry Readers are constantly encouraged to think for themselv This highly accessible user friendly work provides a fresh and illuminating introduction to the most important aspects of Latin prose and poetry Readers are constantly encouraged to think for themselves about how and why we study the texts in uestion They are stimulated and inspired to do their own further reading through engagement with a wide selection of translated extracts and with a useful exploration of the different ways in which they can be approached Central throughout is the theme of the fundamental connections between Latin literature and issues of elite Roman cultureThe versatile structure of the book makes it suitable both for individual and class use.

3 thoughts on “Latin Literature (Classical Foundations)

  1. max max says:

    This introduction to Latin literature will be especially useful to undergraduates coming to the Latin classics whether in the original or translation for the first time The book's chief merit is the manner in which it sets various works of Latin literature in their cultural context revealing how products of Latin literature while often being modeled on Greek literary antecedents are uniuely reflective of the values and ideals of the Romans The author also deals with the manner in which certain famous Latin stories are handled in later traditions eg her discussion of Renaissance paintings depicting the rape of Lucretia a story in Book I of Livy's history A whole book could be written on the influence of Ovid's Metamorphoses on later Renaissance painters Also addressed in various places are important critical issues that have occupied scholars of Latin literature in recent timesThis little volume contains the following chapters1 Virgil and the Meaning of the Aeneid2 Role models for Roman women and men in Livy3 What is Latin literature?4 What does studying Latin literature involve?5 Making Roman identity multiculturalism militarism and masculinity6 Performance and spectacle life and death7 Intersections of power praise politics and patrons8 Annihilation and abjection living death and living slavery9 Writing 'real' lives10 Introspection and individual identity11 Literary texture and intertextuality12Metapoetics13 Allegory14 Overcoming an inferiority complex the relationship with Greek literature15 Building Rome and Building Roman literatureAppendix AExtract From Darkness Visible by WR JohnsonAppendix BWho's afraid of literary theory? by Simon GoldhillList of Authors and TextsTime lineList of translations used adaptedIndex of Names and TopicsIndex of Passages uotedIn her chapter on the Aeneid the author provides an excellent summary of the critical battle that scholars have waged for decades concerning Aeneas' killing of Turnus in Aeneid 12 Is this controversial climactic scene pro Augustan or anti Augustan? Braund musters the arguments for both sides along with passages from other books of the poem political considerations and viewpoints from Roman philosophical school that are relevant to the discussionEach chapter concludes with a short section entitled Further Reading and Study in which she discusses recent scholarly articles and books that have opened new critical avenues

  2. Brian Brian says:

    Sussana Braund sets out clearly and with a refreshing lack of scholarly obfuscation a range of critical responses both traditional and contemporary to canonical and non canonical texts Declaring her intention of beginning discussions rather than making definitive judgements she interrogates among other topics attitudes towards the public and the private performance and spectacle identity and slavery allusion and intertextualiy As someone who studied Latin forty years ago I found it invigorating to learn how developments in critical theory have radically affected attitudes towards the classical world

  3. Mahmoud Haggui Mahmoud Haggui says:

    I recommend this book for those who are fully interested in literature and culture it's a masterpiece of Susanna Braund

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