Beyond Greek: the beginnings of Latin literature

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"We take the existence of a literature in the Latin language for granted, but the emergence of this literature is a very strange moment in history. Latin literature should probably not have come into being in the form it took. This book explores the opening phase of Latin literature, from 240 to 140 BCE. The period begins with the first stage productions of Greek plays translated into Latin, which were also the first translations of Greek literary texts into any other language; it closes with the Romans in possession of a large-scale literature in Latin based on the literature of the Greeks, together with a developed historical tradition about their past and a mythology that connected them to the inheritance of the Greeks. The book uses a range of comparative evidence from both the ancient and the modern worlds in order to provide a context for understanding what the Romans did. The book recovers a great range of possibilities for cultural interaction in the ancient Mediterranean, with languages and texts sometimes interchanging quite freely and sometimes being blocked. The book argues that the Roman translation project and the resulting literature were highly anomalous in an ancient context: translation of literature was extremely rare in the world known to the Romans, and the ancient Mediterranean hosted many very successful cultures that had no kind of equivalent to the widely diffused text-based literary systems of the Greeks. The transformation of the Romans' Italian alliance into a Mediterranean imperial power provides the context for the revolution in their cultural life that led to what we call "Latin literature."" --
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subject_facetComparative literature -- Greek and Latin
Comparative literature -- Latin and Greek
Electronic books
Greek language -- Influence on Latin
Grekisk litteratur
Grekiska influenser
Grekiska spra?ket
Grekiska språket
HISTORY -- Ancient -- Rome
Historia
LITERARY CRITICISM -- Ancient & Classical
Latin literature -- Greek influences
Latinsk litteratur
title_displayBeyond Greek : the beginnings of Latin literature
title_fullBeyond Greek : the beginnings of Latin Literature / Denis Feeney
Beyond Greek : the beginnings of Latin literature / Denis Feeney
title_shortBeyond Greek
title_subthe beginnings of Latin literature
topic_facetAncient
Ancient & Classical
Comparative literature
Greek and Latin
Greek influences
Greek language
Grekisk litteratur
Grekiska influenser
Grekiska spra?ket
Grekiska språket
HISTORY
Historia
Influence on Latin
LITERARY CRITICISM
Latin and Greek
Latin literature
Latinsk litteratur