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An Anthology of Informal Latin, 200 BC–AD 900
Fifty Texts with Translations and Linguistic Commentary

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  • Date Published: January 2019
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  • isbn: 9781108729970

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  • This book contains over fifty passages of Latin from 200 BC to AD 900, each with translation and linguistic commentary. It is not intended as an elementary reader (though suitable for university courses), but as an illustrative history of Latin covering more than a millennium, with almost every century represented. Conventional histories cite constructions out of context, whereas this work gives a sense of the period, genre, stylistic aims and idiosyncrasies of specific passages. 'Informal' texts, particularly if they portray talk, reflect linguistic variety and change better than texts adhering to classicising norms. Some of the texts are recent discoveries or little known. Writing tablets are well represented, as are literary and technical texts down to the early medieval period, when striking changes appear. The commentaries identify innovations, discontinuities and phenomena of long duration. Readers will learn much about the diversity and development of Latin.

    • Embraces more than a millennium of Latin with linguistic commentaries of a depth not found in other anthologies of the language
    • With its literal translations, contextual information and explanations, it will be accessible to students, and with its detailed linguistic notes and extensive bibliographies it will benefit Latin and Romance specialists
    • Extends into the medieval period, showing readers the linguistic importance of the period just beyond late antiquity for the study of Latin
    • Presents many unusual and little known texts, all chosen for their linguistic interest
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    • Date Published: January 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108729970
    • dimensions: 218 x 150 x 36 mm
    • weight: 1kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Ennius Euhemerus III (Vahlen)
    2. Plautus Miles Gloriosus 5-27
    3. Plautus Miles Gloriosus 416-35
    4. Cato De agricultura 33.5-35
    5. Cato De agricultura 157.3-7
    6. One of the Johns Hopkins defixiones ('Plotius'), of republican date (c. 100 BC?)
    7. Rhetorica ad Herennium 4.14: a specimen of the 'simple style'
    8. Rhetorica ad Herennium 4.16: a 'debased' variant of the 'simple style'
    9. Letter of Marcus Caelius Rufus to Cicero (Fam. 8.15.1-2)
    10. Some jokes recorded by Cicero, Quintilian and Macrobius, mainly of republican date
    11. Vitruvius on the larch (2.9.14-16)
    12. From a letter of Augustus (Suetonius Aug. 76.2)
    13. Soldier's letter of the late first century BC (Augustan period) from Qasr Ibrîm Egypt (P. Rainer Cent. 164, CEL 9)
    14. Letter from Oxyrhynchus, possibly of Augustan date (Brown 1970, P. Oxy. XLIV.3208)
    15. Legal document from the archive of the Sulpicii (TPSulp. 51: Camodeca 1999), dated 18 June AD 37 at Puteoli
    16. Sexual verses from Pompeii (CIL IV.2360, 4008, 8229)
    17. Passage from a letter of Seneca (12.1-3)
    18. Freedman's speech from the Satyrica of Petronius (37.1-38.2)
    19. Curse tablet from the sanctuary of Isis and Mater Magna at Mainz (Blänsdorf 2010a:
    173-5, text no. 8), of the second half of the first century AD
    20. Letter from the Myos Hormos road (Egypt), end of first century/first quarter of second (Cuvigny 2003: II.409, M689)
    21. Letter of Claudia Severa from Vindolanda (Tab. Vindol. 292), of the early second century
    22. Letter of Claudius Terentianus (P. Mich. VIII.471, CEL 146), of the early second century
    23. Letter from Mons Claudianus (Egypt), of the second century (O. Claud. 367)
    24. Another letter from the Myos Hormos road (Egypt), of the period of Hadrian (Cuvigny 2003: II.405, M1107)
    25. Surveyor's inscription from Algeria (CIL VIII.2728 = 18122 = ILS 5795), commemorating the construction of an aqueduct, c. 153
    26. Soldier's letter from Wâdi Fawâkhir (Egypt), possibly of the second century (O. Faw. 2, CPL 304, CEL 74)
    27. Passio sanctarum Perpetuae et Felicitatis 10, of the early third century
    28. The Magerius Mosaic (third century)
    29. Pelagonius Ars ueterinaria 34 (fourth century)
    30. Parts of Pelagonius Ars ueterinaria 404, from two different manuscripts
    31. Letter of Publicola to Augustine (Aug. Epist. 46, CSEL 34)
    32. Curse tablet from London Bridge (Hassall and Tomlin 1987:
    360-1 no. 1)
    33. Curse tablet from the Hamble Estuary, Hampshire (Tomlin 1997:
    455 no. 1)
    34. Curse tablet from Uley, Gloucestershire (Hassall and Tomlin 1996:
    440 no. 1)
    35. Another curse tablet from Uley, Gloucestershire (Hassall and Tomlin 1992:
    311 no. 5)
    36. Curse tablet from Ratcliffe-on-Soar, Nottinghamshire (Hassall and Tomlin 1993:
    312 no. 2)
    37. Curse tablet from Leicester (Tomlin 2008, 2009:
    327 no. 21)
    38. Gospel of John (6.51-69) from the Vetus Latina (Codex Palatinus, e), and the corresponding passage from the Vulgate
    39. Patrick Confessio 42-3 (fifth century)
    40. Patrick Confessio 48-9
    41. From one of the Albertini Tablets (Tablettes Albertini XIV.1-9), of the late fifth century
    42. Two versions of a passage from the Physica Plinii
    43. Two versions of Historia Apollonii Regis Tyri 40.1-15
    44. Itinerarium Antonini Placentini 36-7, with different versions
    45. Passage from the Dialogues of Gregory the Great (1.2.2-3)
    46. Visigothic slate tablet (Velázquez Soriano 2004, 40.II), of the first half of the seventh century
    47. Passage from the Vita sanctae Euphrosynae (17)
    48. Selected passages from the Annales regni Francorum, in two versions
    49. A description of the Basilica of Saint-Denis of 799
    50. A tenth-century treatise on falcon medicine from northern Italy
    Final conclusions
    Subject index
    Index verborum.

  • Editor

    J. N. Adams, All Souls College, Oxford
    J. N. Adams, CBE, FBA, is an Emeritus Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, an Honorary Fellow of Brasenose College, Oxford, and an Honorary Research Fellow, University of Manchester. He is the author of many books and articles on the Latin language, including the trilogy Bilingualism and the Latin Language (Cambridge, 2003), The Regional Diversification of Latin 200 BC – AD 600 (Cambridge 2007) and Social Variation and the Latin Language (Cambridge, 2013). He was awarded the Kenyon Medal for Classical Studies of the British Academy in 2009.

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