By Michael von Albrecht
During this commented anthology of Latin prose, Michael von Albrecht selects texts from a span of Roman literature overlaying 4 centuries. A precis of the contents will point out its diversity and diversity: M. Porcius Cato (the preface to De agricultura , a passage from the speech for the Rhodians of 167 B.C., and a piece from the Origines ); republican oratory (C. Gracchus, from De legibus promulgatis of 122 B.C. and Cicero from In Verrem II ); Caesar as orator and historian; passages of Sallust; a comparability of Claudius Quadrigarius and Livy as historiographers; philosophical texts from Cicero and the more youthful Seneca; and chapters on Petronius, Tacitus, Pliny the more youthful, and Apuleius. the strategy of the publication is sensible, in accordance with real interpretation of particular texts instead of on literary thought (ancient or modern). each one textual content (printed first in Latin after which in English) is via a close and versatile dialogue, someplace among essay and observation. No set development is imposed - quite the character of the textual content governs the form of its research - yet Professor von Albrecht's vibrant scholarly exposition covers so much dimensions of the artwork of Latin prose-writing. The book's number of texts and shut remedy of particular Latin passages make it a great coursebook for the learn of Latin prose. yet at the back of its accessibility lies scholarship of the top order: Professor von Albrecht's exemplary erudition finds itself within the large annotation underpinning his major textual content; and researchers in any of the fields lined through Latin prose-writers - philosophy, politics, historical past, letters, functional handbooks, leisure - will locate this booklet a important source. This booklet was once initially released in German ( Meister romischer Prosa von Cato bis Apuleius , 1971). it's been thoroughly and sympathetically translated through Neil Adkin.
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W. , esp. l85. 28 THE BEGINNINGS OF LITERARY PROSE which lends forcefulness to the account. 108 The evaluative final section, which Gellius quotes verbatim from Cato, deserves a more precise stylistic examination. In contrast to Pisani, who breaks off his linguistic interpretation at the very point where Gellius' paraphrase passes into the original words ofCato, the present interpretation will give due attention to this part as well. Having thus far stressed particular linguistic and stylistic traits, insofar as they can still be identified in Gellius, we now turn to the structure of the report as a whole.
Gracchus' stylistic ubertas stands in opposition to the opinion of Marouzeau, who cites him as a typical example of the poverty (egestas) of archaic Latin. 22 For him of course Gracchus is not a real person but a stage in a historical development. In the final analysis therefore both Plutarch and Marouzeau start with a general conception and reach their particular perceptions by deduction from it. Thus in accordance with their premisses each comes to the opposite result. Here the text is scarcely more than a 'pretexte'.
L594 finds that 'intensive de' is mostly combined with verbs that express durative action; in these cases de indicates that the action is carried through from beginning to end. 59. 30 THE BEGINNINGS OF LITERARY PROSE in a delightful construction: in expectando sunt. Here therefore the art of retardation can also be seen in stylistic terms. In a temporal subordinate clause the enemy then realize what is happening, and in the main clause their reaction follows. The best of them go to meet the four hundred.