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Greek and Latin literature of the Roman Empire : from Augustus to Justinian / Albrecht Dihle.


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Uniform Title:
Griechische und lateinische Literatur der Kaiserzeit. English
Dihle, Albrecht.
Publication date:
London ; New York : Routledge, 1994.
  • Book
  • 647 p.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • I. Introduction II. The Julio-Claudian era 1. General Remarks 2. Rhetoric 3. Philosophy 4. Seneca 5. Poetry 6. Narrative Prose 7. Historiography 8. Specialist Literature 9. Jewish Literature III. The Flavian era 1. General Remarks 2. Greek Eloquence 3. Roman Poetry 4. Pliny the Elder 5. Quintilian 6. Plutarch 7. Epictetus 8. Christian Literature IV. The Age of the Antonines 1. General Remarks 2. Tacitus, Pliny the Younger, and Florus 3. Greek Educational Literature 4. Greek Entertainment Literature 5. Historiographers and Antiquarians 6. Grammar and Rhetoric 7. Apuleis of Madura 8. Greek and Latin Poetry 9. Philosophy 10. Sciences 11. Christian Literature V. The Severan era 1. General Remarks 2. Roman Jurisprudence 3. Latin Scholarly Literature 4. Philosophy 5. Christian Literature: the Greeks 6. Rhetorical Literature 7. Historiography 8. Christian Literature: the Latins VI. The Crisis of the 3rd Century A.D. 1. General remarks 2. Greek Prose Literature 3. Philosophy 4. Christian Literature VII. The Era of Diocletian and Constantine VIII. The Christian Empire 1. General Remarks 2. Grammarians and Antiquarians 3. Rhetoric: Theory and Literary Practice 4. Historiography 5. Philosophy 6. Technical Writings 7. Christian-theological Literature 8. Greek and Latin Poetry.
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Publisher's Summary:
This is the first book which conceives of and describes the Greek and Latin literature between the 1st century BC and the 6th century AD as a unity. This unity developed rapidly during the first century and disintegrated during the last century of that period. Professor Dihle builds on Friedrich Schlegel's observation that art, customs and political life in classical antiquity are so entwined that they cannot easily be conceived of separtaely, to produce a history which encompasses not only literature narrowly defined, but all works of cultural and socio-historical significance, including Jewish and Chistian literature. Besides poetry and prose, letter and scholarly investigations, philosophy and rhetoric, historical writing and jurisprudence, are all discussed. The exact sciences are geography, medicine, mathematics and technology are also covered. Individual treatment is given to major authors like Seneca, Tacitus, Plotinus and Augustine, as well as other writers who made significant contributions to their fields and have been unjustly forgotten. As the work of a single author, Greek and Latin Literature of the Roman Empire is a towering achievement - an authoritative yet personal presentation of seven hundred years of cultural life. In this book, an unusually rich period of history receives for the first time a detailed but synoptic treatment: it is a book for students and scholars, as well as the general reader, which has no competitor.
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