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By Stephen Harrison

A significant other to Latin Literature offers an authoritative account of Latin literature from its beginnings within the 3rd century BC via to the tip of the second one century advert.

• offers professional evaluate of the most classes of Latin literary historical past, significant genres, and key topics
• Covers all of the significant Latin works of prose and poetry, from Ennius to Augustine, together with Lucretius, Cicero, Catullus, Livy, Vergil, Seneca, and Apuleius
• comprises helpful reference fabric – dictionary entries on authors, chronological chart of political and literary historical past, and an annotated bibliography
• Serves as either a discursive literary background and a common reference book

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2004 4:05am page 24 Sander M. Goldberg the lexical oddities they supplied for ancient grammarians. Their lack of Greek origin denied them the cultural authority of tragedy and comedy. They were also too closely tied to the politics of praise, as some famous testimony of Cato confirms. At the beginning of the Tusculan Disputations, Cicero supports his claim that Romans have equalled the achievements of Greek culture by pointing to the success of Latin poetry, which rivals the Greek despite its late start: Sero igitur a nostris poetae vel cogniti vel recepti.

Gruen (1990: 158–92) analyses the influence of Greek rhetoric and philosophy on the mid-Republic. For the emerging epic aesthetic and its social position, see Barchiesi (1993a), Hinds (1998: 52–74) and Ru¨pke (2001a). Garbarino (1973) and Kaimio (1979) gather important source material for the influx of Greek culture in the midRepublic. For Philhellenism as a cultural phenomenon in this period, see Gruen (1984: 250–72), and for Cato in particular, Gruen (1993: 52–83). Early Roman historiography is the subject of ongoing re-evaluation.

L. Ambivius Turpio and L. Atilius from Praeneste starred. Claudius’ slave Flaccus provided the music for unequal pipes. The Greek original was Apollodorus’ Epidicazomenos. Written fourth. C. Fannius and M. Valerius were consuls. Some of this may recall the first production. The year (161) is plausible, and a story in the commentary of Donatus (on line 315) confirms that the actormanager Ambivius Turpio played the title role. Much more, however, is odd. Why record the aediles, who did not preside over the ludi Romani?

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