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This is a study of the emergence, development, and florescence of a distinctly 'late Republican' socio-textual culture as recorded in the writings of this period's two most influential authors, Catullus and Cicero. It reveals a multi-faceted textual - rather than more traditionally defined 'literary' - world that both defines the intellectual life of the late Republic, and lays the foundations for those authors of the Principate and Empire who identified this period as their literary source and inspiration. By first questioning, and then rejecting, the traditional polarisation of Catullus and Cicero, and by broadening the scope of late Republican socio-literary studies to include intersections of language, social practice, and textual materiality, this book presents a fresh picture of both the socio-textual world of the late Republic and the primary authors through whom this world would gain renown.Read more
- Examines the complex relationship between Catullus, Cicero, and other influential authors of the late Roman Republic
- Provides a detailed philological analysis of key 'literary' words in use in the late Republic
- Includes an Appendix outlining the primary 'players' in late Republican literary and textual culture
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"By focusing on works that were intended to be dedicated to other participants of the 'society of patrons' rather than published to the wider public (although how Stroup manages to make the distinction in the historical sense is never made clear), Stroup tries to approach the question of literary production in the Late Republic from a new perspective." -- Ryan Wei, Mouseion
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- Date Published: June 2010
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521513906
- length: 322 pages
- dimensions: 235 x 158 x 21 mm
- weight: 0.66kg
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
Part I. How to Write about Writing:
1. When? Otium as 'time to write'
2. What? Munus as the 'gift of duty'
3. Where? Libellus: polished and published
Part II. The Textualization of Display:
4. The problem with liberal performance
5. From public display to textual display
6. The poetics of literary obligation
Part III. The Materialization of the Text:
7. An object of Catullan affection
8. Brutus: the dialogic personification of the Republican voice
Appendix: what 'society of patrons?' A prosopography of the players.
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