By Michael von Albrecht, Gareth L. Schmeling
Michael von Albrecht's A historical past of Roman Literature, initially released in German, can rightly be obvious 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 through a unmarried student the complete of Latin literature from Livius Andronicus as much as Boethius comes to the fore. 'Literature' is taken the following in its large, vintage experience, and hence additionally contains e.g. rhetoric, philosophy and heritage. detailed realization has been given to the impression of Latin literature on next centuries all the way down to our personal days. huge indices provide entry to this monument of studying. The introductions in Von Albrecht's texts, including the big bibliographies make extra examine either extra fruitful and straightforward.
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The basic difference here is not so much one between Greek modesty and Roman claims to fame as a difference i n social conditions. I n classical Greece, litera ture was something native. I t was sustained by citizens. I n Rome its first task was to w i n the right to citizenship. This fact had two consequences. O n the one hand, the old Latin poets, mostly foreigners, could base their self-esteem on their literary accomplishment only. O n the other, their activity needed justification and rational defense i n the eyes o f society.
11, 646. Mon subripiendi causa, sed palam mutuandi, hoc animo ut vellet agnosci (Sen. suas. 3. 7, describing Ovid's relationship to Virgil); s. now: A. S E E L E , R ö m i s c h e Übersetzer. N ö t e , Freiheiten, Absichten. Verfahren des literarischen Übersetzens in der griechisch römischen Antike, Darmstadt 1995. 14 CONDITIONS O F T H E RISE O F ROMAN L I T E R A T U R E imitation o f Greek models was creditable, whereas borrowing from Latin predecessors was labeled as theft. W i t h the formation o f genu ine Roman traditions, however, a change took place.
Even i n Lucretius we are surprised at the jar ring contrast between an intellect i n tune with Hellenistic philosophy and an archaic, undaunted sense o f mission reminiscent o f the preSocratics. Comedy, among the last fruits o f Greek poetry, was the first to ripen i n Rome, whereas epic, Greece's oldest genre, was the last. Prose reached its culmination i n Cicero before poetry enjoyed its Augustan age. Literary developments seem to occur i n reverse 1 1 Even in the early period the pioneers of poetry could make use of a developed practice of oratory.
A History of Roman Literature: From Livius Andronicus to Boethius : With Special Regard to Its Influence on World Literature (Mnemosyne, Bibliotheca Classica Batava Supplementum) by Michael von Albrecht, Gareth L. Schmeling