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Age of Augustus

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ISBN-10: 0521273730

ISBN-13: 9780521273732

Edition: 1983

Authors: Edwin J. Kenney, W. V. Clausen, P. E. Easterling, Bernard Knox, P. E. Easterling

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The sixty years between 43 BC, when Cicero was assassinated, and AD 17, when Ovid died in exile and disgrace, saw an unexampled explosion of literary creativity in Rome. Fresh ground was broken in almost every existing genre, and a new kind of specifically Roman poetry, the personal love-elegy, was born, flourished, and succumbed to its own success. Latin literature now became, in the familiar modern sense of the word, classical: a balanced fusion of what was best and most stimulating in earlier Greek and Roman writing, charged with new and original life by the individual genius of, most particularly, Virgil, Horace and Ovid. Augustan literature, conventionally viewed as the expression in…    
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List price: $51.99
Copyright year: 1983
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 7/14/1983
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Bernard Knox was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire on November 24, 1914. After studying classics at St. John's College, Cambridge, he fought with the Republican forces in the Spanish Civil War. In 1939, he married Betty Baur and began teaching Latin at a private school in Greenwich, Connecticut. During World War II, he served in the United States Army where he parachuted into France to work with the resistance and went on to join the partisans in Italy. He received a Bronze Star and the Croix de Guerre for his service. He received a doctorate from Yale University in 1948. He also taught at Yale University, becoming a full professor in 1959, and became the founding director of Harvard's…    

Uncertainties
Theocritus and Virgil
Virgil and Theocritus
The book of Eclogues
Three Eclogues
The Georgics
Political background
Literary antecedents
Intention and nature of the poem
Structure
Other poetic features
Transition to the Aeneid
The Aeneid
The Aeneid and its Augustan background
The Aeneid and its literary background
The composition and structure of the Aeneid
The chief characters
Destiny and religion in the Aeneid
Style and metre
Conclusion
Horace
A critique of the traditional stereotype
A critique of the academic dichotomy
Love elegy
General introduction
Characteristics of the Augustan love elegy
Cornelius Gallus
Albius Tibullus and the Corpus Tibullianum
Sextus Propertius
Publius Ovidius Naso
Other elegists
Ovid
'Fame is the spur'
The Heroides
The Fasti
The Metamorphoses
The poems of exile
Achievement and characteristics
Livy
Minor figures
Poetry
Prose
Appendix of authors and works
Metrical appendix
Abbreviations
Works cited in the text
Index