By Susanna Morton Braund
This hugely available, common paintings offers a clean and illuminating creation to an important points of Latin prose and poetry. Readers are continuously inspired to imagine for themselves approximately how and why we examine the texts in query. they're influenced and encouraged to do their very own extra analyzing via engagement with a big variety of translated extracts, and with an invaluable exploration of the several ways that they are often approached. important all through is the topic of the elemental connections among Latin literature and problems with elite Roman culture.The flexible constitution of the ebook makes it compatible either for person and sophistication use.
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The story goes that the crazed woman, driven to frenzy by the avenging ghosts of her sister and husband, drove her carriage over her father’s body. Contaminated and deﬁled, she conveyed some of her father’s blood and gore on the bloody carriage to the house where she and her husband lived. The guardian gods of that house were angry at this bad start to the reign and they would ensure that it would come to a bad end. 48) This is not dispassionate history – nor does Livy want it to be. 46, 22 ROLE MODELS IN LIVY using the word exemplum), which alerts us to the ways in which a historian might use Greek and Roman tragedy to shape his narrative.
In the City [= Rome] and among the Roman knights there are foster-children to do Libya credit. 45–8, adapted from Kathleen Coleman) This passage does of course reveal that there was considerable pressure for the full assimilation of provincial accents, such as Spanish and African accents, at Rome. As the professor Quintilian says in his instructions for future orators: If possible our voice and all our words should have the ﬂavour of a nursling of this city, so that our speech may seem to be genuinely Roman and not just presented with Roman citizenship.
A careful study of the thumbnail sketches of the positive and negative views I have provided above indicates that the opposed interpretations are virtually complementary in the elements within the text they privilege. This takes us to the heart of the practice of literary criticism – and this applies to the criticism of any ‘text’ from any culture. ) What critics do, in essence, is to re-state or represent the text, highlighting the elements they believe are most important, and (if this criticism is performed properly) substantiating their views by arguments of various kinds, such as explaining how these privileged bits of the text form certain patterns or convey certain themes.