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The classical Roman reader : new encounters with ancient Rome

Author: Kenneth John Atchity; Rosemary McKenna
Publisher: New York : H. Holt and Co., 1997.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
Summary:
Here is a collection of some of the finest and most important writing of the Roman period. An introduction precedes each selection, identifying the author and providing information that allows modern readers to consider these texts in a new light. What we discover might be surprising. For instance, in Cicero's orations and Marcus Aurelius' meditations, we hear echoes of today's political forums and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Literature
Literary collections
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Kenneth John Atchity; Rosemary McKenna
OCLC Number: 1148187936
Description: 1 online resource (xxxvi, 438 pages : illustrations)
Contents: The Rope / Plautus --
Annals / Ennius --
On Farm Management / Cato the Elder --
The Brothers / Terence --
Epigrams / Lucilius --
On Agriculture / Varro --
The First Oration Against Catiline and Letters to His Wife and Family in Rome and to Caesar in Gaul / Cicero --
The Gallic War / Caesar --
Maxims / Publilius --
An Old Actor Addresses Julius Caesar / Laberius --
Elegies / Propertius --
Lyrics / Sulpicia --
On the Nature of Things / Lucretius --
Lyrics / Catullus --
History of Rome / Sallust --
Aeneid / Virgil --
Ars Poetica / Horace --
Early History of Rome / Livy --
Elegies / Tibullus --
Suasoriae / Seneca the Elder --
Acts / Augustus --
On Architecture / Vitruvius --
Metamorphoses and The Art of Love / Ovid --
Pumpkinification of Claudius / Seneca the Younger --
On Medicine / Celsus --
Noteworthy Words and Deeds / Valerius Maximus --
Natural History / Pliny the Elder --
Punica / Silius Italicus --
Education of an Orator / Quintilian --
The Jewish War / Josephus --
Pharsalia / Lucan --
Epigrams / Martial --
On the Conveyance of Water / Frontinus --
Thebaid / Statius --
Letters / Pliny the Younger --
Satires / Juvenal --
Satyricon / Petronius --
Annals: The Mutiny of the Pannonian Legions / Tacitus --
from The Lives of the Twelve Caesars: Julius Caesar / Suetonius --
To His Soul / Hadrian --
Gynecology / Soranus --
Correspondence with Marcus Aurelius / Fronto --
Attic Nights / Gellius --
Institutes / Gaius --
Meditations / Marcus Aurelius --
The Golden Ass / Apuleius --
Opinions / Paulus --
Hymn to the Mother of the Gods / Julian the Apostate --
Lyrics / Ausonius --
The Rape of Proserpine / Claudian --
Fables / Avianus --
Commentary on the Dream of Scipio / Macrobius --
Military Institutions of the Romans / Vegetius --
The Vigil of Venus / Anonymous --
Institutes / Justinian --
Roman Gods/Heroes and Their Greek Counterparts --
Landmarks of Roman History.
Responsibility: edited by Kenneth J. Atchity ; associate editor, Rosemary McKenna.

Abstract:

Here is a collection of some of the finest and most important writing of the Roman period. An introduction precedes each selection, identifying the author and providing information that allows modern readers to consider these texts in a new light. What we discover might be surprising. For instance, in Cicero's orations and Marcus Aurelius' meditations, we hear echoes of today's political forums and popular-psychology talk-show hosts. Virgil's ironic dramatization of the founding myth in the Aeneid prepared the way for America's deeply embedded ambivalence toward the presidency. The Roman preference for practicality over philosophy, leading to a network of superhighways that joined Europe, Asia, Asia Minor, and Africa, literally paved the way for the "global village" of the contemporary world. From Plautus' wildly comic plays (models for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum) to Cato's instructions on farming, and from Catullus' erotic poems to Petronius' descriptions of the decadent splendor of the declining empire, The Classical Roman Reader gives the general reader firsthand access to literary, artistic, social, religious, political, scientific, and philosophical texts that shaped Roman thinking and subsequently helped form the backbone of Western culture.

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