Greek to Latin

Greek to Latin : Frameworks and Contexts for Intertextuality

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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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Product details

  • Hardback | 452 pages
  • 164 x 230 x 34mm | 839.99g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Multilingual edition
  • Multilingual
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0199670706
  • 9780199670703
  • 1,451,940

About G. O. Hutchinson

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

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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

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Review quote

There are few better places to turn for sociological data about literary production during the period ... Each section synthesizes a vast array of evidence in varying scales and perspectives ... To move even briefly in Hutchinson's plenum of knowledge is a humbling experience. Adam Gitner, Bryn Mawr Classical Review Hutchinson has produced yet another stimulating, learned, and indispensable monograph on a topic that has remained largely marginalized in Classical scholarship, the relationship between Latin and Greek literature ... A plethora of literary sources, as well as epigraphic materials, will be particularly useful to graduate students studying the history of Latin literature. Hutchinson offers an innovative, comprehensive overview and detailed survey beyond the confines of well-known handbooks. Antony Augoustakis, Classical Journal It is impossible not to be struck by the bibliographical richness of this volume ... It opens many new lines of thought and prospects for research. Alessia Cosenza, Bollettino di Studi Latini Spectacular ... magnificent Tom Geue, Acta Classica Has a magisterial sweep C. McDonald, Journal of Classics Teaching

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