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Epic in Republican Rome

By Sander M. Goldberg

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Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
Published In: USA, 15 June 1995
This book is a major new study of the epic poetry of Republican Rome. Goldberg treats the creators of these now-fragmentary works not simply as predecessors of Vergil, but as pioneers and poets in their own right. But Goldberg goes beyond practical criticism, exploring in the literary experiments of Andronicus, Naevius, Ennius, and Cicero issues of poetry and patronage, cultural assimilation and national ideology, modeling and originality that both come to characterize Roman literature of all periods and continue to shape modern responses to that literature. What emerges from Goldberg's study is both a fresh perspective on Vergil's achievement and new insights into the cultural dynamics of second-century Rome.

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'stylish and well-informed book' excellent ... sets out to counter the teleological fallacy, by studying the remains of the lost epics of Livius Andronicus, Naevius, Ennius and Cicero and doing justice to them in their own terms. * Times Literary Supplement *

EAN: 9780195093728
ISBN: 0195093720
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc, USA
Dimensions: 23.72 x 16.1 x 1.93 centimetres (0.48 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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