By Michael von Albrecht, Gareth L. Schmeling
Michael von Albrecht's A background of Roman Literature, initially released in German, can rightly be visible because the lengthy awaited counterpart to Albin Lesky's Geschichte der Griechischen Literatur. In what is going to most likely be the final survey made through a unmarried student the entire of Latin literature from Livius Andronicus as much as Boethius comes to the fore. 'Literature' is taken right here in its extensive, old experience, and accordingly additionally contains e.g. rhetoric, philosophy and heritage. designated recognition has been given to the effect of Latin literature on next centuries all the way down to our personal days. vast indices supply entry to this monument of studying. The introductions in Von Albrecht's texts, including the massive bibliographies make extra examine either extra fruitful and simple.
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Yet Roman literature offers to us anything but a trivial stereotype o f reality. 2 This typically Roman preoccupation with concrete details, which the sensitive reader could perceive as a sort o f alphabet, does not render their literature easily accessible. Metonymy is more frequent in Horace than metaphor, which is so fashionable nowadays. Some times his search for concrete terms leads h i m surprisingly far. M u c h of it is felt today as a breach i n imagery. One and the same ode may conjure up the mood o f winter and summer, the same person may be called metaphorically a dog and shortly afterwards a bull.
3, 1831— 1837, M ü n c h e n 1976, 572-573. W h o today is reminded of the military by words like 'interval', 'premium', 'stipend'? A . S P I E S , Militat omnis amans. E i n Beitrag zur Bildersprache der antiken Erotik, T ü b i n g e n 1930. T h e y are derived from cultivated plants (Fabius, Lentulus, Piso, Cicero) or domestic animals (Porcius, Asinius, Vitellius). Delirare 'to be crazy' ('to stray from the furrow'); tubuläre 'to vex' ('to thresh'); praevaricari 'to be in collusion with an adversary' ('to trace crooked lines with the plow'); emolumentum 'advantage' ('product of the mill'); detrimentum 'harm' ('wear and tear of the plowshare'); rivalis 'rival' ('neighbor along the same stream'); saeculum 'generation' ('sowing season'); manipulus 'company' ('armful of hay'); felix 'happy' ('fruit ful'); pecunia 'money' (from pecus 'cattle'); egregius 'outstanding' ('out of the flock'); septentriones 'north' ('the seven threshing oxen').
Moods need not be expressed by periphrasis. The article is missing completely. T o use a metaphor, the blocks need no mortar between them. The structure of Latin is 'cyclopean'. Such a language allows a thought to be reduced to its essence. A l l that is dispensable may be omitted. Latin was, as it were, born for solemn inscriptions and witty epigrams, for the blows and sideswipes o f the orator's club, but also for the weighty, mysteriously ambiguous utterance o f the poet. 2 A language w i t h a rich treasury o f forms may plausibly be thought of as particularly 'logical', and the crystal-clear Latin o f the jurists or even o f a Caesar favors this interpretation.