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A Plautus Reader: Selections from Eleven Plays

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A Plautus Reader: Selections from Eleven Plays
Author: John Henderson
Product Code: 6943
ISBN: 978-0-86516-694-3
Publisher: Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers
Pages: 200
Product Format: Paperback
Price:  $19.00

The comic playscripts by Plautus—the earliest Latin texts we have—made it through the ancient world to reach ours because the moves and verbal jousting found in them have always made people laugh. Plautine comedies span a wide range of idioms, extending from saucy adventures in the sex trade with Father as the fall-guy who foots all bills, to the trouncing of bigmouth trooper by Ms. Hot Stuff; from the fairytale wishes come true of faraway foundlings fished up on a surprise romantic shore, to the caricature gospel that re-stages the myth of the birth of the hero, in true panto style, gods and all.

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A Roman Army Reader: Twenty-One Selections from Literary, Epigraphic, and Other Documents

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A Roman Army Reader: Twenty-One Selections from Literary, Epigraphic, and Other Documents
Author: Dexter Hoyos
Product Code: 715X
ISBN: 978-0-86516-715-5
Publisher: Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers
Pages: 264
Product Format: Paperback
Price:  $19.00

This edition offers a compact portrait, in peace and in war, of the ancient Roman army, one of history’s most famous and successful military organizations. Twelve literary passages combine with nine epigraphic and other documents to show soldiers who don’t merely fight: Between battles, they march, drill, camp, construct public works, eat, drink, and—sometimes illegally—marry and have children. At times, and invariably with bloodstained results, troops also involved themselves in Roman politics. With selections from a variety of sources and a time span ranging from the First Punic War to the reign of M. Aurelius, this compact reader is like no other currently available.

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A Roman Verse Satire Reader: Selections from Lucilius, Horace, Persius, and Juvenal

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A Roman Verse Satire Reader: Selections from Lucilius, Horace, Persius, and Juvenal
Author: Catherine Keane
Product Code: 6854
ISBN: 978-0-86516-685-1
Publisher: Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers
Pages: 168
Product Format: Paperback
Price:  $19.00

The trademark exuberance of Lucilius, gentleness of Horace, abrasiveness of Persius, and vehemence of Juvenal are the diverse satiric styles on display in this Reader. Witnesses to the spectacular growth of Rome’s political and military power, the expansion and diversification of its society, and the evolution of a wide spectrum of its literary genres, satirists provide an unparalleled window into Roman culture: from trials of the urban poor to the smarmy practices of legacy hunters, from musings on satire and the satirist to gruesome scenes from a gladiatorial contest, from a definition of virtue to the scandalous sexual display of wayward women. Provocative and entertaining, challenging and yet accessible, Roman verse satire is a motley dish stuffed to its readers’ delights.

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A Sallust Reader: Selections from Bellum Catilinae and Bellum Iugurthinum, and Historiae

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A Sallust Reader: Selections from Bellum Catilinae and Bellum Iugurthinum, and Historiae
Author: Victoria E. Pagan
Product Code: 6875
ISBN: 978-0-86516-687-5
Publisher: Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers
Pages: 204
Product Format: Paperback
Price:  $19.00

This reader aims to introduce advanced Latin students to the works of Sallust, unique among Roman historians for several reasons. Because he uses standard vocabulary and uncomplicated syntax, Sallust is an accessible author at this level. Unlike other Roman historians whose subject matter was a distant past, Sallust writes about events that occurred in his lifetime. His roller-coaster career afforded him a unique opportunity to critique the inner mechanisms of contemporary Roman politics from the vantage of an outsider.

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A Seneca Reader: Selections from Prose and Tragedy

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A Seneca Reader: Selections from Prose and Tragedy
Author: James Ker
Product Code: 7583
ISBN: 978-0-86516-758-2
Publisher: Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers
Pages: 224
Product Format: Paperback
Price:  $19.00

Innovator in the literature of philosophical advising and reshaper of myth in tragedy, at turns inspiring and disturbing: This is Seneca the Younger. A mosaic of readings from four main genres with select follow-up passages showcases Seneca as therapeutic consoler, mirror to the prince, tragedian of the passions, and moral epistolographer—a thinker whose literary voice sounds against the volatility of his times. Seneca spins the republican Cicero's stylistic legacy and Augustan literature's gold into the distinctive silver of the first century CE: concise in encapsulating ideas, inventive in borrowing the vocabulary of everyday life, and with a propensity for using vivid images to depict emotional experience. This is a style the historian Tacitus deemed "œfitted to the ears of his age."

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