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Latin poetry; lectures delivered in 1893 on the Percy Turnbull Memorial Foundation in the Johns Hopkins University, by R. Y. Tyrrell.

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Robertson Library PA6047.T985 1895 37348002154573 SPEC-PROV Available -
Subject: Latin poetry > History and criticism.

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  • Physical Description: xxiii, 323 p. 21 cm.
  • Publisher: Boston, Houghton Mifflin and Company, 1895.

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General Note: Includes index.
Formatted Contents Note: I. Introductory -- Different points of view from which poetry may be regarded -- Chief bequest of Rome to the civilized world -- Rise of Latin, as distinguished from Greek, poetry -- Testimonies to its foreign origin -- Pre-Hellenic Latin poetry -- Effect of Greek literature -- Difficulties which beset the rise of the Drama -- Early success of Tragedy -- Difficulty in the history of Latin Tragedy -- Plautus and Terence -- Their successors -- Verses ascribed to Trabea -- Atellane plays -- The mimes -- Anecdote about Caesar and Laberius -- Anecdote about Cicero and Laberius -- Publilius Syrus -- Poetry of the Caesarian epoch -- Cicero’s poetry -- Cicero’s translation from Greek -- Lucretius and Catullus -- The Augustan College of Poets -- Lost Augustan poets -- M. Patin’s view of the extant Augustan poetry -- Virgil and Ovid -- Post-Augustan poetry -- II. Early Latin Poetry -- Characteristics of very early Roman poetry -- Anecdote illustrating the popularity of the Ennian epic -- Roman tragedy -- Passages in Ennius anticipating sentiments in modern literature -- Pacuvius -- His defects -- His popularity -- Attius -- Latin tragic poets compared -- Elevation of Attius -- Common sense of Attius -- Defects in Latin tragedy -- Latin comedy -- Characteristic features of Latin comedy -- Consequent confusions -- Horace’s criticism on Plautus -- Motifs of his play -- Defects in construction -- Amphitruo -- Political life in Latin comedy -- Prologues of Plautus and Terence -- Civil and domestic life -- Plautine drama not adverse to morality -- Plautus essentially urban -- Compared with Dickens -- Compared with Terence -- Terence -- His refinement -- Meyer’s view of Terence -- Literary referees under the Republic -- Caecilius -- Afranius -- III. Lucretius and Epicureanism -- Epicureanism as a doctrine dead -- Sources of vitality in the poem of Lucretius -- Varied attractions of the poem -- Relation of Lucretius towards God and Religion -- Roman religion -- Attitude of Lucretius towards it -- Enthusiasm of Lucretius -- Illustrated by his attitude towards the passions -- His worship of Epicurus -- His delight and belief in his work -- His “towering passions” -- The valley of the shadow of death -- The gospel according to Lucretius -- Lucretius on death -- Allusions to Lucretius by ancient writers -- Criticism of Cicero on Lucretius -- Tales about his life -- Doctrine of a future life in the ancient world -- The “anti-Lucretius” in Lucretius -- Language of Lucretius religion -- Lucretius compared with Swift -- Originality of Lucretius -- Vehicle of his teaching -- Childish speculations in the poem -- Epicureanism a thorough-going belief -- Relation of scientific theories to religion -- Anticipations of modern science in Lucretius -- Intense interest of Lucretius in his work -- Beauty of imagery and diction -- Place of Lucretius among the poets of the world --
IV. Catullus and the Transition to the Augustan Age -- Lucretius and Catullus contrasted -- The poems of Catullus the history of his heart -- Position and circumstances of Catullus -- Clodia, the Lesbia of Catullus -- M. Caelius Rufus -- Poems illustrating the growth of the passion of Catullus -- Other poems of Catullus -- Mistaken comparison of Catullus with Moore -- Ode to his villa at Sirmio -- The shorter poems -- The “Attis” -- Figure borrowed by Tennyson from the “Attis” -- Sadness of Catullus -- Catullus the connecting link with Augustan poetry -- Elegiac poetry of the Augustan age -- Propertius -- Tibullus -- Propertius and Ovid compared -- Ovid -- V. Virgil -- Influence of Virgil on subsequent thought and letters -- His success immediate and enduring -- Reaction against Virgil in the present century -- Comparison with Homer -- The Aenëid as an epic poem -- Contrast with the Greek -- Gentleness of mood -- Contrast with Homer’s enjoyment of battle -- Virgilian catalogues compared with Homeric -- Conscious art of Virgil -- Aenëid not to be treated as a romance -- Fine manners of Aeneas -- Choice of Aeneas as a hero -- Distinction of tone in the Aenëid -- Virgil’s similes compared with the Greek -- First six books of the Aenëid compared with the last six -- Famous passages in Virgil -- Famous passages in Virgil -- Virgil a religious poet -- Virgil as a saint, and as a magician -- Sadness of Latin poetry -- VI. Horace -- Comparative neglect of Horace in his own time -- His great popularity in modern times -- The sources of his attractiveness -- Professor Sellar on Horace -- Relation of Horace towards his predecessors -- Horace compared with Pope -- Merits and defects of Lucilius -- How used by Horace -- Source of Lucilian fragments -- Probable Lucilian origin of Sat. I. 9 -- The journey to Brundisium -- The dinner of Nasidienus -- Horace’s moral essays -- Example of a figure borrowed from Lucilius -- The Epistles -- The Epodes and Odes -- Divergent views about the Odes -- Imaginary incidents -- Horace’s Sabine farm a welcome present -- But Horace was not a lover of the country -- Insincerity of his love poems -- Views of Peerlkamp, Goethe, and Hartman -- Horace’s attitude towards poetry -- Incorrect expression in the Odes -- Examples of uncertain touch -- Type-hunting expounders of Horace -- Further examples of insincerity in the love poems -- Horace as a literary critic -- Chief source of his popularity with the modern world -- His relations towards Maecenas -- Eccentricity of Maecenas -- Horace and Maecenas both rare types --
VII. Latin Satire -- Rise and source of Satire -- Relation to Atellane plays and mimes -- Originality of Latin Satire -- The Roman satirists enjoyed their work -- Discrepant estimates of Persius -- His style and diction -- Horatian passages how modified by Persius -- Home life of Persius -- Its effect on his writings -- His Philistines -- Subjects of his Satires -- His Christian tone -- His ethics -- Juvenal and Persius contrasted -- In what sense was Juvenal a satirist? -- His life -- His attitude toward vice -- Juvenal a preacher -- But not a martyr -- His picturesqueness -- Defects arising from it -- Roman traits in Juvenal -- His blindness to social tendencies -- His contempt for the Greeks -- For the Jews -- His attitude toward religion -- Toward slaves -- Toward the poor and Christianity -- The spirit of his age -- VIII. Latin Poetry of the Decline -- Phaedrus -- Compared with Aesop -- Lucan’s precocity -- His early training -- The emperor’s jealousy and its result -- Lucan’s death -- Quintilian’s criticism on the “Pharsalia” -- Lucan’s religious feelings, and his rhetoric -- His exaggeration -- Lucan a perfect type of Silver poetry -- Seneca -- Effect of Stoicism on his plays -- Compared with Euripides -- Petronius Arbiter -- His work an excellent picture of social life -- Specimen of the “Stayricon” from this point of view -- General estimate of the “Satyricon” -- Recitation, its rise and fall -- Statius -- Poet to the aristocracy -- Martial -- Often misrepresented -- Poorly rewarded for his flatteries -- Meagre details of his life -- Estimate of his poetry -- Statius and Martial compared -- The worst line in Latin poetry -- Merivale on the Flavian epoch -- Latin verse-writers.

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