The Oxford Anthology of Roman Literature

ISBN : 9780195395150

Peter E. Knox; J. C. McKeown
656 ページ
197 x 253 mm

Though the wonders of ancient Roman culture continue to attract interest across the disciplines, it is difficult to find a lively, accessible collection of the full range of the era's literature in English. The Oxford Anthology of Literature in the Roman World provides a general introduction to the literature of the Roman empire at its zenith, between the second century BC and the second century AD. Two features of this extraordinarily fertile period in literary achievement as evidenced by this anthology are immediately and repeatedly clear: how similar the Romans' view of the world was to our own and, perhaps even more obviously, how different it was. Most of the authors included in the anthology wrote in Latin, but as the anthology moves forward in time, relevant Greek texts that reflect the cultural diversity of Roman literary life are also included, something no other such anthology has done in the past. Roman literature was wonderfully creative and diverse, and the texts in this volume were chosen from a broad range of genres: drama, epic, philosophy, satire, lyric poetry, love poetry. By its very nature an anthology can abbreviate and thus obscure the most attractive features of even a masterpiece, so the two editors have not only selected texts that capture the essence of the respective authors, but also have included accompanying introductions and afterwords that will guide the reader in pursuing further reading. The presentations of the selections are enlivened with illustrations that locate the works within the contexts of the world in which they were written and enjoyed. The student and general reader will come away from this learned yet entertaining anthology with a fuller appreciation of the place occupied by literature in the Roman world.


The Roman World of Books

I. The Early Period
Plautus, The Brothers Menaechmus
Polybius, The Histories

II. The Late Republic
Lucretius, On the Nature of the Universe
Catullus, Poems
Cicero, Against Catiline
In Defense of Caelius
Julius Caesar, The Gallic War
Sallust, Catiline's Conspiracy

III. The Augustan Age
Virgil, Georgics
Propertius, Elegies
Horace, Odes
Livy, From the Foundation of the City
Ovid, Amores

IV. The Early Empire
Seneca, Medea
Josephus, Jewish Antiquities
Lucan, Civil War
Petronius, The Satyricon
Pliny the Elder, Natural History
Statius, Thebaid
Quintilian, The Orator's Education
Martial, Epigrams

V. The High Empire
Tacitus, Annals
Pliny the Younger, Epistles
Suetonius, Life of Nero
Plutarch, Antony
Juvenal, Satires
Apuleius, Metamorposes
Lucian, True History
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Suggestions for Further Reading
Chronological Table


Peter E. Knox is Professor of Classics at the University of Colorado at Boulder. J. C. McKeown is Professor of Classics at the University of Wisconson at Madison.