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Author and Audience in Latin Literature

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ISBN-10: 0521035783

ISBN-13: 9780521035781

Edition: N/A

Authors: Tony Woodman, Jonathan Powell

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The relationship between the author and his audience has received much critical attention from scholars in non-classical disciplines yet the nature of much ancient literature and of its 'publication' meant that audiences in ancient times were more immediate to their authors than in the modern world. This book contains essays by distinguished scholars on the various means by which Latin authors communicated effectively with their audiences. The authors and works covered are Cicero, Catullus, Lucretius, Propertius, Horace's Odes, Virgil's Aeneid, Ovid's Metamorphoses, Senecan tragedy, Persius, Pliny's letters, Tacitus' Annals and medieval love lyric. Contributors have provided detailed analyses of particular passages in order to throw light on the many different ways in which authors catered for their audiences by fulfilling, manipulating and thwarting their expectations; and in an epilogue the editors have drawn together the issues raised by these contributions and have attempted to place them in an appropriate critical context.
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Book details

List price: $35.99
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 3/5/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 292
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

A. J. Woodman is Basil L. Gildersleeve Professor of Classics, University of Virginia.

Jonathan Powell has spent half a lifetime talking to people and organisations labelled as terrorists. He runs Inter Mediate, a London-based charity for negotiation and mediation that focuses on the most difficult, complex and dangerous conflicts, where other organisations are unable to operate. In 1997 he met Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness and became instrumental in negotiating peace in Northern Ireland. In 2008 he suggested publicly that western governments should open talks with the Taliban, Hamas and al-Qaeda. Today, he works on different armed conflicts around the world and is the UK Prime Minister's special envoy to Libya. He is the author of two books, Great Hatred, Little Room and The New Machiavelli. He lives in London with his wife and two daughters.

List of contributors
Prologue
The orator and the reader: manipulation and response in Cicero-s Fifth Verrine
Stratagems of vanity: Cicero, Ad familiares 5.12 and Pliny-s letters
-Shall I compare thee ...?-: Catullus 68B and the limits of analogy
Atoms and elephants: Lucretius 2.522-40
In memoriam galli: Propertius 1.21
The power of implication: Horace-s invitation to Maecenas (Odes 1.20)
The voice of Virgil: the pageant of Rome in Aeneid 6
From Orpheus to ass-s ears: Ovid, Metamorphoses 10.1-11.193
Poet and audience in Senecan tragedy: Phaedra 358-430
Persius- first satire: a re-examination
Nero-s alien capital: Tacitus as paradoxographer (Annals 15.36-7)
Amor clericalis
Epilogue
Notes
Abbreviations and bibliography
Indexes