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The Arts of Imitation in Latin Prose
Pliny's Epistles/Quintilian in Brief

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  • Date Published: August 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108476577

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  • Imitation was central to Roman culture, and a staple of Latin poetry. But it was also fundamental to prose. This book brings together two monuments of the High Empire, Quintilian's Institutio oratoria ('Training of the orator') and Pliny's Epistles, to reveal a spectacular project of textual and ethical imitation. As a young man Pliny had studied with Quintilian. In the Epistles he meticulously transforms and subsumes his teacher's masterpiece, together with poetry and prose ranging from Homer to Tacitus' Dialogus de oratoribus. In teasing apart Pliny's rich intertextual weave, this book reinterprets Quintilian through the eyes of one of his sharpest readers, radically reassesses the Epistles as a work of minute textual artistry, and makes a major intervention in scholarly debates on intertextuality, imitation and rhetorical culture at Rome. The result is a landmark study with far-reaching implications for how we read Latin literature.

    • Demonstrates that Latin prose intertextuality is a far greater phenomenon than traditionally thought
    • Reveals Pliny the Younger's Epistles as a spectacular project of literary transformation, providing brilliant and original insights into a major work of the canon
    • The argument is grounded in close readings of Latin texts, which are accompanied by English translations
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    'This original and learned book, written in sparkling and stylish prose, makes a fundamental contribution to our appreciation of Pliny the Younger’s artistry. Christopher Whitton shows that there is much more Quintilian in Pliny’s Epistles than anyone had realised - and that recognising Quintilian’s presence is of vital importance for understanding Pliny’s literary project. With complete control of the sources, Whitton takes the reader on an unexpectedly fascinating tour of Quintilian’s earliest reception, and along the way sheds new light on Latin prose intertextuality and the quintessentially Roman practice of imitatio.' Tom Keeline, Washington University, St Louis

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    • Date Published: August 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108476577
    • length: 574 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 34 mm
    • weight: 0.95kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Two scenes from the life of an artist
    2. Setting the stage
    3. Brief encounters
    4. Dancing with dialectic
    5. Through the looking-glass
    6. On length, in brief (Ep. 1.20)
    7. Letters to Lupercus
    8. Studiorum secessus (Ep. 7.9)
    9. Docendo discitur
    10. Reflections of an author
    11. Quintilian, Pliny, Tacitus
    12. Beginnings.

  • Author

    Christopher Whitton, University of Cambridge
    Christopher Whitton is Senior Lecturer in Classical Literature at the University of Cambridge, and Fellow and Director of Studies in Classics at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. His publications include a commentary on Pliny the Younger: 'Epistles' Book II (Cambridge, 2013), The 'Epistles' of Pliny (co-edited with Roy Gibson, 2016) and Roman Literature under Nerva, Trajan and Hadrian: Literary Interactions, AD 96–138 (co-edited with Alice König, Cambridge, 2018).

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