By Michael von Albrecht, Gareth L. Schmeling

Michael von Albrecht's A background of Roman Literature, initially released in German, can rightly be visible because the lengthy awaited counterpart to Albin Lesky's Geschichte der Griechischen Literatur. In what's going to most likely be the final survey made via a unmarried pupil the complete of Latin literature from Livius Andronicus as much as Boethius comes to the fore. 'Literature' is taken the following in its vast, old experience, and as a result additionally contains e.g. rhetoric, philosophy and background. detailed recognition has been given to the effect of Latin literature on next centuries all the way down to our personal days. wide indices provide entry to this monument of studying. The introductions in Von Albrecht's texts, including the massive bibliographies make additional learn either extra fruitful and simple.

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I n addition to schools, the Church came increasingly to control the origin and transmission o f literature. Latin translations o f the Bible, accounts o f the sufferings o f persecuted Christians, sermons and exegetical works were directed to the faithful. Other writings refuted heresy. Finally, apologetic writing would present Christianity to the wider world and confront i t w i t h the Roman state. Thus, new institutions were able to give rise to literary genres hitherto unknown. Phases and Phase Displacements.

One and the same ode may conjure up the mood o f winter and summer, the same person may be called metaphorically a dog and shortly afterwards a bull. However, Roman readers were used to establishing connections even between disparate images, and deciphering them as signs o f a single thought. 3 M a n y Roman works o f art use a single concrete incident from his­ tory to illustrate a pattern o f behavior considered typically Roman: fides may be signified by a handshake between partners over an agree­ ment; dementia by the pardoning o f specific adversaries.

I n old Roman epic, myth and history, Greek form and Roman matter, modern and 12 CONDITIONS O F T H E RISE O F ROMAN L I T E R A T U R E archaic had been associated but loosely; i t was Virgil's genius that blended all this into an artistic unity, i n which every part was related to the whole. W i t h the Aeneid there arose a work o f art formed by an individual which was accepted by the community as the expression o f its identity, a milestone i n w o r l d literature. M o r e quietly, but w i t h no less greatness, Horace raised the tender form o f the lyric poem to objective meaning without denying the personal dimension.

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