Geschichte der römischen Literatur (Band 1)
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Michael von Albrecht
The History of Roman Literature
From Livus Adronicus to Boecius
Volumes I and II
Hardback with jacket cover and page marker
The History of Roman Literature by Michael Albrecht is the first Spanish edition of the monumental Geschichte der römischen Literatur as it appears in its updated and revised second edition, which has been extended both in its content and in its abundant bibliography. This is an essential work for the understanding of Roman literature and, also, of the character and spirit of the society which produced it; a society that has had a great influence on European literature to our day. This work is aimed as much at students and teachers of ancient and modern languages as at anybody who has an interest in writing and the history of human thought. The History of Roman Literature was conceived as being complementary to Albion Leskys´ The History of Greek Literature, but differs from it in that it also examines lesser known writers and pays close attention to the theory of ancient literature, language, style, tradition and the role of later influences. By "roman literature" von Albrecht means that produced in Latin in antiquity, but the term "literature" is different in many ways to our modern understanding of that term. Ancient literature did not just take in poetry and narrative, but also encompassed oratory and texts about history and philosophy: artistic prose in the widest sense. Works of a practical nature are also considered, in other words: those that deal with agriculture, law, military science, architecture, etc. The success of given authors does not constitute the one and only yardstick of greatness in this scheme of things.
An essential characteristic of Latin literature, one that confirms it as the mother of all European literature, is its capacity for reinvention. This was first seen in the Latin literature of the Christian era of antiquity, a time that cannot be overlooked in the history of that literature. Since the conflict between paganism and Christianity was a crucial aspect of the later imperial era, an analysis that did not take it into account would fall short in methodology and historical accuracy. The homogenous structure of the chapters facilitates the reading process, and the pattern of columns running from top to bottom makes reference quick and detailed. The four sections dealing with different eras provide a complete cross section of the literary life of a period and treat its poetry and prose in detail, dividing them by genres and authors. Analysis of different authors is also made easier by the division of each section into categories such as: biography, chronology, sources, models, genres, technique, language and style, universal vision and legacy.
Extract from the index:
I. Conditions in which Roman Literature developed
II. Literature of the Republic
III. Literature of the Augustan era
IV. Literature of the early imperial era
V. Literature of the middle and late imperial era
VI. The tradition of Roman literature
The History of Roman Literature by Michael von Albrecht (Geschichte der römischen Literatur, München, K. G. Saur Verlag, 2nd ed. 1994) has also been published in English and Italian.
Michael von Albrecht (Stuttgart 1933) is professor of Classical Philology at the University of Heidelberg. He is a musicologist and a doctor of Latin, Greek and Indian studies. He has been a visiting professor at Amsterdam, The Institute of Advanced Study of Princeton University, and at the universities of Gainesville, Florida and Austin.
The History of Roman Literature is remarkable for the abundance of observations running through the text that are as original as they are convincing; many of these observations take on the character of short essays. Overall, the astounding erudition of the work reflects a vast and varied reading. Through countless testimonies and references the scope and influence of Latin literature are recognized to a much greater extent than ever before. In the chapters dedicated to later trends von Albrecht demonstrates a literary knowledge comparable to that of Ernst Robert Curtius. Besides showing admirable familiarity with Latin authors and writers of the medieval and modern ages, von Albrecht also takes into account the social and technological developments that shaped the societies in which the literature was produced.
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