Greek to Latin: Frameworks and Contexts for Intertextuality

Greek to Latin: Frameworks and Contexts for Intertextuality


By (author) G. O. Hutchinson


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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 464 pages
  • Dimensions: 164mm x 230mm x 34mm | 840g
  • Publication date: 15 November 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199670706
  • ISBN 13: 9780199670703
  • Edition: Multilingual edition
  • Edition statement: Multilingual
  • Sales rank: 1,293,913

Product description

The relationship between Latin and Greek literature is one of the most fundamental questions for Latin literature, and for the reception of Greek literature. This innovative volume shows some of the contexts in which the interaction of the literatures should be viewed. Professor Hutchinson investigates Roman conceptions of their own literary history and Greek literary history as two chronological sequences, artificially separated, and takes the reader around the Mediterranean to see the different places where Romans encountered Greek art with words. The volume looks at Roman perceptions of the contrasting Greek and Latin languages, and compares in detail Latin adaptation of Greek writing with Latin adaptation of Latin. It views the different approaches to Greek material, ideas, and works between three prose 'super-genres', and within the poetic 'super-genre' of hexameters. It is based on an independent collection of evidence, and draws extensively on inscriptions, archaeology, papyri, scholia, and a wide range of texts.

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Author information

Gregory Hutchinson is Professor of Greek and Latin Languages and Literature at the University of Oxford.

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Hutchinson mounts a sustained argument for the continued relevance of imperial Greek poetry and practice to contemporary Latin writers ... the density and abundance of citations make it a valuable source of evidence that readers may develop and apply Adam Gitner, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

Table of contents

PREFACE ; ABBREVIATIONS ; INTRODUCTION ; PART I: TIME ; 1. Making Histories ; 2. Strife and Change ; PART II: SPACE ; 3. Rome, Villas, South Italy ; 4. Sicily, Athens, Rest of Greek Mainland, Rhodes ; 5. Asia, Massilia, Alexandria ; PART III: WORDS ; 6. Two Languages ; 7. Transposition and Triads ; 8. Styles and Settings ; 9. Trunk and Branches ; PART IV: GENRE ; 10. The Landscape of Prose ; 11. The Grounds of Prose ; 12. The Grounds of Hexameter Poetry ; 13. Space and Intertextuality in Hexameters ; 14. Hexameters: History and Internal Mixture ; BIBLIOGRAPHY ; INDEXES ; I. Index of Passages Discussed ; II. General Index