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    DescriptionScholars of ancient literature have often focused on the works and lives of major authors rather than on such questions as how these works were produced and who read them. In Roman Literary Culture, Elaine Fantham fills that void by examining the changing social and historical context of literary production in ancient Rome and its empire. Fantham's first edition discussed the habits of Roman readers and developments in their means of access to literature, from booksellers and copyists to pirated publications and libraries. She examines the issues of patronage and the utility of literature and shows how the constraints of the physical object itself-the ancient "book" - influenced the practice of both reading and writing. She also explores the ways in which ancient criticism and critical attitudes reflected cultural assumptions of the time. In this second edition, Fantham expands the scope of her study. In the new first chapter, she examines the beginning of Roman literature-more than a century before the critical studies of Cicero and Varro. She discusses broader entertainment culture, which consisted of live performances of comedy and tragedy as well as oral presentations of the epic. A new final chapter looks at Pagan and Christian literature from the third to fifth centuries, showing how this period in Roman literature reflected its foundations in the literary culture of the late republic and Augustan age. This edition also includes a new preface and an updated bibliography.


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    Title
    Roman Literary Culture
    Subtitle
    From Plautus to Macrobius
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Elaine Fantham
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 368
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 522 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781421408361
    ISBN 10: 1421408368
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: LIT
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2ADL
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    BIC subject category V2: DSBB
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.9T
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 22
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA1
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T General Subject: 495
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000, LIT004190
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15770
    BIC subject category V2: 2ADL
    LC subject heading: , , ,
    DC22: 870.9001, 870.9/001
    LC subject heading: ,
    Libri: ANTI9558
    DC23: 870.9001
    BISAC region code: 1.5.3.0.0.0.0
    LC classification: PA6003 .F36 2013
    Ingram Theme: INDS/CLASSI
    Thema V1.0: DSBB, NHC
    Edition
    2, Revised
    Edition statement
    2nd Revised edition
    Illustrations note
    1 b&w illus
    Publisher
    JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    21 June 2013
    Publication City/Country
    Baltimore, MD
    Author Information
    Elaine Fantham is Giger Professor Emerita of Latin at Princeton University and an honorary fellow at Trinity College, University of Toronto. She is former president of the American Philological Association and was awarded a Distinguished Service Medal by the association in 2009. She is a coauthor of Women in the Classical World: Image and Text.
    Review quote
    "Roman Literary Culture" is an important work, full of learning, which serves simultaneously to deepen our appreciation of Latin literature in its social context, to provoke further exploration of the questions the author raises, and to continue debate concerning certain of the answers.--Jeri Blair DeBrohun "New England Classical Journal "