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Silver Age of Latin Literature

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Definition: Silver Age literature is the poetry and prose of the early empire. It is considered slightly inferior to the literature of the Golden Age, although some of the Silver Age poets were anything but second-rate. The preceding, Golden Age of Latin literature covered the first century B.C. to the start of the first century A.D. Ovid straddles the two periods. The main writers of the Silver Age of Latin Literature are:

Predictably, following the Silver Age of Latin Literature came the Bronze and Iron Ages. The Roman literary Bronze Age includes such writers as Justinus, Eutropius, and Macrobius. The Iron Age follows the fall of Rome in A.D. 476 when Latin lost its place as the common spoken language.

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