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Classical Roman Reader New Encounters with Ancient Rome

ISBN-10: 0195127404
ISBN-13: 9780195127409
Edition: 1998
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/19/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.782
Language: English

Western civilization is in many ways an outgrowth of the Roman Empire. The Classical Roman Reader, which contains a collection of some of the finest and most important writing of the Roman period, brings the modern reader into direct contact with the literature, political thought, science, art and architecture, and psychology of classical Rome. Here are the wonders of the Roman world presented in a modern, accessible manner. Each selection is preceded by an introduction that identifies the author and provides information that allows modern readers to consider these texts in a new light. What we discover might be surprising. For instance, in Cicero's orations and Marcus Aurelius' meditations, we hear echoes of todays political forums and popular-psychology talk-show hosts. Virgil's ironic dramatization of the founding myth in the Aeneid prepared the way for America's deeply embedded ambivalence toward the presidency. The Roman preference for practicality over philosophy, leading to a network of superhighways that joined Europe, Asia, Asia Minor, and Africa, literally paved the way for the "global village" of the contemporary world. From Plautus' wildly comic plays to Cato's instructions on farming, and from Catullus' erotic poems to Petronius' descriptions of the decadent splendor of the declining empire, The Classical Roman Reader provides access to the literary, artistic, social, religious, political, scientific, and philosophical texts that shaped Roman thinking and helped form the backbone of Western culture.

Preface
Introduction
Early Rome (509-65 B.C.)
The Rope
Annals
On Farm Management
The Brothers
Epigrams
On Agriculture
The Late Republic (64-27 B.C.)
The First Oration Against Catiline and Letters to His Wife and Family in Rome and to Caesar in Gaul
The Gallic War
Maxims
An Old Actor Addresses Julius Caesar
Elegies
Lyrics
On the Nature of Things
Lyrics
History of Rome
Aeneid
Ars Poetica
The Empire (27 B.C.-A.D. 476)
Early History of Rome
Elegies
Suasoriae
Acts
On Architecture
Metamorphoses and The Art of Love
Pumpkinification of Claudius
On Medicine
Noteworthy Words and Deeds
Natural History
Punica
Education of an Orator
The Jewish War
Pharsalia
Epigrams
On the Conveyance of Water
Thebaid
Letters
Satires
Satyricon
Annals: The Mutiny of the Pannonian Legions
from The Lives of the Twelve Caesars: Julius Caesar
To His Soul
Gynecology
Correspondence with Marcus Aurelius
Attic Nights
Institutes
Meditations
The Golden Ass
Opinions
Hymn to the Mother of the Gods
Lyrics
The Rape of Proserpine
Fables
Commentary on the Dream of Scipio
Military Institutions of the Romans
The Vigil of Venus
Institutes
Roman Gods/Heroes and Their Greek Counterparts
Landmarks of Roman History
Glossary
Sources and Recommendations
Acknowledgments
Illustration Credits
Index

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