Constructing Literature in the Roman Republic

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Cambridge University Press, 2005 M11 7 - 249 páginas
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Becoming Roman Literature examines the problem of Rome's literary development by shifting attention from Rome's writers to its readers. The literature we traditionally call "early " is seen to be a product less of the mid-Republic, when poetic texts began to circulate, than of the late Republic, when they were systematically collected, canonized, and put to new social and artistic uses. Imposing on texts the name and function of literature was thus often a retrospective activity. This book explores the development of this literary sensibility from the Romans' early interest in epic and drama, through the invention of satire and the eventual enshrining of books in the public collections that became so important to Horace and Ovid.

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The Muse Arrives
20
Constructing Literature
52
Comedy at Work
87
Didos Furies
115
Enter Satire
144
Roman Helicon
178
Retrospective
204
Bibliography
213
Index of Passages Discussed
241
General Index
244
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