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Roman Literary Culture: From Cicero to Apuleius (Ancient Society and History)

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Scholars of ancient literature have often focused on the works and lives of major authors rather than on such questions as how these works were produced and who read them. In Roman Literary Culture, Elaine Fantham fills that void by examining the changing social and historical context of literary production in ancient Rome and its empire. Fantham discusses the habits of Roman readers and developments in their means of access to literature, from booksellers and copyists to pirated publications and libraries. She examines the issues of patronage and the utility of literature. She shows how the constraints of the physical object itself--the ancient book--influenced the practice of both reading and writing. And she explores the ways in which ancient criticism and critical attitudes reflected cultural assumptions of the time.

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This is a book that needed to be written in answer to a deep gap in our resources on Latin literature... we owe Fantham much gratitude for having the energy and wisdom to undertake this demanding and original project. Every Latinist should study her book. — William S. Anderson, American Journal of Philology

Scholars of ancient literature have often focused on the works and lives of major authors rather than on such questions as how these works were produced and who read them. In Roman Literary Culture, Elaine Fantham fills that void by examining the changing social and historical context of literary production in ancient Rome and its empire. Fantham discusses the habits of Roman readers and developments in their means of access to literature, from booksellers and copyists to pirated publications and libraries. She examines the issues of patronage and the utility of literature. She shows how the constraints of the physical object itself — the ancient book — influenced the practice of both reading and writing. And she explores the ways in which ancient criticism and critical attitudes reflected cultural assumptions of the time.

The book remains thoroughly absorbing from the account of late republican literary culture through the imperial, and especially the Neronian, periods, and continues to instruct and delight concerning cultural decline in the age of the Antonines. — Robert P. Sonkowsky, Phi Beta Kappa Key Reporter

Roman Literary Culture is an important work, full of learning, which serves simultaneously to deepen our appreciation of Latin literature in its social context, to provoke further exploration of the questions the author raises, and to continue debate concerning certain of the answers. — Jeri Blair DeBrohun, New England Classical Journal

Synopsis:

This is a book that needed to be written in answer to a deep gap in our resources on Latin literature. . . we owe Fantham much gratitude for having the energy and wisdom to undertake this demanding and original project. Every Latinist should study her book. The book remains thoroughly absorbing from the account of late republican literary culture through the imperial, and especially the Neronian, periods, and continues to instruct and delight concerning cultural decline in the age of the Antonines.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780801862014
Author:
Fantham, Elaine
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Location:
Baltimore
Subject:
Ancient - General
Subject:
Ancient and Classical
Subject:
Roman Literature
Subject:
Rome
Subject:
Literature and history
Subject:
Latin literature
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Edition Description:
John Hopkins paperbacks edition.
Series:
Ancient Society & History
Series Volume:
no. 238
Publication Date:
19990431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.54x5.55x.85 in. .94 lbs.

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Roman Literary Culture: From Cicero to Apuleius (Ancient Society and History)
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Product details 352 pages Johns Hopkins University Press - English 9780801862014 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , This is a book that needed to be written in answer to a deep gap in our resources on Latin literature... we owe Fantham much gratitude for having the energy and wisdom to undertake this demanding and original project. Every Latinist should study her book. — William S. Anderson, American Journal of Philology

Scholars of ancient literature have often focused on the works and lives of major authors rather than on such questions as how these works were produced and who read them. In Roman Literary Culture, Elaine Fantham fills that void by examining the changing social and historical context of literary production in ancient Rome and its empire. Fantham discusses the habits of Roman readers and developments in their means of access to literature, from booksellers and copyists to pirated publications and libraries. She examines the issues of patronage and the utility of literature. She shows how the constraints of the physical object itself — the ancient book — influenced the practice of both reading and writing. And she explores the ways in which ancient criticism and critical attitudes reflected cultural assumptions of the time.

The book remains thoroughly absorbing from the account of late republican literary culture through the imperial, and especially the Neronian, periods, and continues to instruct and delight concerning cultural decline in the age of the Antonines. — Robert P. Sonkowsky, Phi Beta Kappa Key Reporter

Roman Literary Culture is an important work, full of learning, which serves simultaneously to deepen our appreciation of Latin literature in its social context, to provoke further exploration of the questions the author raises, and to continue debate concerning certain of the answers. — Jeri Blair DeBrohun, New England Classical Journal

"Synopsis" by , This is a book that needed to be written in answer to a deep gap in our resources on Latin literature. . . we owe Fantham much gratitude for having the energy and wisdom to undertake this demanding and original project. Every Latinist should study her book. The book remains thoroughly absorbing from the account of late republican literary culture through the imperial, and especially the Neronian, periods, and continues to instruct and delight concerning cultural decline in the age of the Antonines.
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