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Latin Literature

Poetry and prose, from classical, and medieval authors of Latin literature. and information on classical literature.
  1. Epic (6)
  2. Latin Prose (7)
  3. Latin Comedy (13)
  4. Latin Texts (5)
  5. Latin Textual Tools (4)
  6. Medieval Latin (17)
  7. Offsite Latin Poetry (5)
  8. Roman History
  9. Roman Poets
  10. Satire (44)
  11. Tragedy (33)

Chronological Table of Roman Literature
Timeline of Latin Literature From Livius to the Death of Marcus Aurelius.

Roman Authors Timeline
A timeline showing the dates of the leading writers of the ancient language of the Romans.

Fescennine Verse
Glossary entry on Fescennine Verse.

Golden Age of Roman Drama
An annotated timeline of drama in ancient Rome.

Latin Literature - EARLY EPIC AND TRAGEDY
With the cessation of the Punc Wars, Rome had the leisure and motivation to develop its own brand of literary culture. This is a chapter from J.W. Mackail's "Latin Literature."

Latin Literature, by J. W. Mackail Etext of "Latin Literature"
An etext of Latin Literature, by J. W. Mackail.

Latin Satire Books Top Picks
Books about Roman Satire, especially Roman verse satire written by Horace, Juvenal, Persius, but also including Menippean satire like the Satyricon, by Petronius.

Maecenas
Glossary entry on the patron of Latin poets Maecenas.

Pacuvius
Glossary entry on Pacuvius.

Sources for Vulgar Latin
The word "vulgar" comes from a Latin word for "the crowd / common people." Vulgar Latin was what the people spoke. It was different from the Classical Latin we know from literature, but provides a bridge from the literary language to the modern Romance languages. Find out how we know about the language the people spoke.

The Augustan Age
Augustan Age literature was mostly poetic, with the exception of prose writer Livy.

Types of Latin Literature - The Major Periods
Comedy, Classical, Christian, Technical, Prose, Histories, Astrology, by William Harris.

Homer: The Color Purple
In "Tyrian Purple of Royalty : A most intriguing problem of hue," William Harris asks "Why is Homer's world purple?"

Fictional Rome Home Page
"Your place for information about historical novels set in Ancient Roman Times." Includes a search database, author/bibliographical information, reviews, essays, and much more.

Essays on Latin Authors
A series of essays on such popular Roman authors as Apuleius, Julius Caesar, Catullus, Cicero, Horace, Ovid, Juvenal, Livy, Suetonius, Tacitus, Lucretius, and Petronius.

General Observations of the Fall of the Empire
General observations on the fall of the Roman Empire, by Edward Gibbon.

On Literature
A "suggestion for a wide-angle approach to the understanding of the literary classics from the ancient world, as read in a modern setting," from William Harris.

Waiting for the Barbarians
"Waiting for the Barbarians" is a Roman-themed poem by Constantine Cavafy (1864-1933), translated by Edmund Keeley.

The Golden Age of Latin Drama at Rome
Timeline of the Golden Age of Latin Drama.

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