By Elton T. E. Barker
This publication investigates the most attribute and fashionable positive aspects of old Greek literature - the scene of dialogue or agon, within which with various levels of ritual characters sq. as much as one another and interact in a competition of phrases. Drawing on six case reviews of other forms of narrative - epic, historiography and tragedy - and authors as various as Homer, Herodotus, Thucydides, Sophocles and Euripides, this wide-ranging learn analyses every one instance of dialogue in its context in response to a collection of interrelated questions: who debates, while, why, and with what results? in line with the altering representations of discussion throughout and inside of diverse genres, it exhibits the significance of discussion to those key canonical genres and, in flip, the position of literature within the building of a citizen physique in the course of the exploration, copy and administration of dissent from authority.
By Paul Roche
Pliny's Panegyricus (AD a hundred) survives as a different instance of senatorial rhetoric from the early Roman Empire. It bargains an eyewitness account of the final years of Domitian's principate, the reign of Nerva and Trajan's early years, and it communicates a close senatorial view at the behaviour anticipated of an emperor. it truly is a big rfile within the improvement of the beliefs of imperial management, however it additionally contributes vastly to our knowing of imperial political tradition extra more often than not. This quantity, the 1st ever dedicated to the Panegyricus, includes professional stories of its key historic and rhetorical contexts, in addition to very important serious techniques to the broadcast model of the speech and its impact in antiquity. It bargains students of Roman historical past, literature and rhetoric an updated review of key methods to the speech, and scholars and readers an authoritative advent to this important and under-appreciated speech.
By Victoria Rimell
Metaphors of the physique shape an immense function of Petronius' Satyricon. This ebook claims that the textual content could be learn as a unified complete instead of as episodic jumble, regardless of its fragmentation. provided as nerve-racking in addition to comedian, intricately established in addition to chaotic, the examine asserts that the Satyricon's imagery regularly mirrors obvious paradoxes. hence corporeality is explored as a metaphor instead of simply as an index of the "low" style of the radical.
By Dionysius of Halicarnassus, Earnest Cary
Dionysius of Halicarnassus used to be born sooner than fifty three BCE and went to Italy sooner than 29 BCE. He taught rhetoric in Rome whereas learning the Latin language, accumulating fabric for a background of Rome, and writing. His Roman Antiquities started to appear in 7 BCE. Dionysius states that his items in writing heritage have been to thrill fans of noble deeds and to pay off the advantages he had loved in Rome. yet he wrote additionally to reconcile Greeks to Roman rule. Of the 20 books of Roman Antiquities (from the earliest occasions to 264 BCE) we now have the 1st nine entire; such a lot of 10 and eleven; and later extracts and an epitome of the full. Dionysius studied the simplest to be had literary assets (mainly annalistic and different historians) and doubtless a few public records. His paintings and that of Livy are our merely non-stop and unique autonomous narratives of early Roman background. Dionysius was once writer additionally of essays on literature protecting rhetoric, Greek oratory, Thucydides, and the way to mimic the simplest versions in literature. The Loeb Classical Library publishes a two-volume variation of the serious essays; the variation of Roman Antiquities is in seven volumes.
The Carmen Saeculare was once composed and released in 17 BCE as Horace used to be returning to the style of lyric which he had deserted six years past; the fourth publication of Odes is partly a reaction to this poem, the one commissioned poem we all know from the interval. The hardening of the political state of affairs, with the Republic a specific thing of the previous and the Augustan succession within the air, threw the troublesome factor of compliment into clean aid, and even as supplied an impulse in the direction of the nostalgia represented through the poet's deepest international. Professor Thomas presents an advent and remark (the first complete remark in English because the 19th century) to every of the poems, exploring their prestige as separate lyric artefacts and their position within the higher net of the publication. The version is meant essentially for upper-level undergraduates and graduate scholars, yet is additionally vital for students.
By Emily Baragwanath
In his notable tale of the defence of Greece opposed to the Persian invasions of 490-480 BC Herodotus sought to speak not just what occurred, but in addition the history of ideas and perceptions that formed these occasions and have become serious to their interpretation afterwards. a lot because the modern sophists strove to find fact concerning the invisible, Herodotus used to be acutely involved to discover hidden human motivations, whose depiction used to be important to his venture of recounting and explaining the prior. Emily Baragwanath explores the delicate narrative concepts with which Herodotus represented this so much elusive number of old wisdom. hence he was once in a position to inform a lucid tale of the prior whereas still exposing the methodological and epistemological demanding situations it awarded. Baragwanath illustrates and analyses various those suggestions over the process a big variety of Herodotus' such a lot fascinating narratives - from these on Athenian democracy and tyranny to Leonidas and Thermopylae - and hence offers a style for studying the Histories extra regularly.
By Seneca, Richard M. Gummere
Seneca, Lucius Annaeus, born at Corduba (Cordova) ca. four BCE, of a renowned and filthy rich kinfolk, spent an sick formative years and early life at Rome in an aunt's care. He grew to become recognized in rhetoric, philosophy, money-making, and imperial carrier. After a few shame in the course of Claudius' reign he turned educate after which, in fifty four CE, advising minister to Nero, a few of whose worst misdeeds he didn't hinder. concerned (innocently?) in a conspiracy, he killed himself by way of order in sixty five. prosperous, he preached indifference to wealth; evader of ache and loss of life, he preached scorn of either; and there have been different contrasts among perform and precept. we've got Seneca's philosophical or ethical essays (ten of them regularly known as Dialogues)—on windfall, steadfastness, the satisfied lifestyles, anger, relaxation, tranquility, the brevity of lifestyles, gift-giving, forgiveness—and treatises on ordinary phenomena. additionally extant are 124 epistles, during which he writes in a calm kind approximately ethical and moral questions, touching on them to non-public studies; a skit at the legitimate deification of Claudius, Apocolocyntosis (in Loeb quantity 15); and 9 rhetorical tragedies on historical Greek subject matters. Many epistles and all his speeches are misplaced. The 124 epistles are accrued in Volumes IV–VI of the Loeb Classical Library's ten-volume version of Seneca.
By Jesse L. Byock
By Cornelius Tacitus; Michael Grant
Tacitus' Annals of Imperial Rome recount the main historic occasions from the years almost immediately prior to the loss of life of Augustus as much as the dying of Nero in advert sixty eight. With readability and vibrant depth he describes the reign of terror less than the corrupt Tiberius, the nice fireplace of Rome in the course of the time of Nero, and the wars, poisonings, scandals, conspiracies and murders that have been a part of imperial lifestyles. regardless of his declare that the Annals have been written objectively, Tacitus' account is sharply severe of the emperors' excesses and frightened for the way forward for Imperial Rome, whereas additionally choked with a eager for its prior glories. Read more...