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Constructing Literature in the Roman Republic

Sander M. Goldberg

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ISBN 10: 0521174198 / ISBN 13: 9780521174190
Published by Cambridge University Press, 2011
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Title: Constructing Literature in the Roman ...

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Publication Date: 2011

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Good

Edition: Reprint.

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How the Romans came to have a literature reflecting native and foreign impulses, and how it formed a legacy for subsequent generations have become central questions in the cultural history of the Republic. This book explores the development of Roman literary sensibility from early interest in epic and drama, through invention of satire and eventual enshrining of books in public collections important to Horace and Ovid. The "early" literature 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 and canonized.

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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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