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Studies in the Poetry of Italy

I. ROMAN

BY

FRANK JUSTUS MILLER

The University of Chicago

Chautauqua Press

CHAUTAUQUA, NEW YORK MCMXIII

COPYRIGHT, 1901, BY

FRANK JUSTUS MILLER

Third Edition, 1913

The Chautauqua Print Shop

Chautauqua, New York

PREFACE

The accumulated literature of centuries of ancient Roman life, even after the loss of more works than have survived, is still so large that, were we to attempt to cover the whole field, the space allotted to this volume would suffice for only the most superficial mention of the extant authors. The writer has therefore chosen to present to his readers the field of poetry only, and to narrow the scope of his work still further by the selection of certain important and representative phases of poetry, namely, the dramatic, satiric, and epic.

These different phases of the Roman poetic product will be presented in the order named, although it is by no means certain which class of poetry was first developed at Rome. It is more than likely that satire and comedy had a common origin in the rude and unrecorded literary product of ancient Italy. Ennius, indeed, prior to whose time the extant fragments are exceedingly meager, produced both drama, satire, and epic. And the same is true, though to a more limited extent, of other writers of the same early period.

Each of these phases of poetry is treated separately in this volume, according to its chronological development. We shall, therefore, traverse the field three times by three parallel paths: from Andronicus to Seneca, from Ennius to Juvenal, and from Nævius to Vergil.

F. J. Miller Chicago.

CONTENTS

BOOK I. ROMAN

PART I. THE DRAMA PAGE 1. THE BEGINNINGS OF ROMAN LITERATURE AND OLD ROMAN TRAGEDY 1

2. LATER ROMAN TRAGEDY AND SENECA 8

3. ROMAN COMEDY 38

PART II. SATIRE

1. INTRODUCTION AND EARLY SATIRE 70

2. QUINTUS HORATIUS FLACCUS 80

3. AULUS PERSIUS FLACCUS 99

4. DECIMUS JUNIUS JUVENALIS 105

PART III. EPIC POETRY

1. CN. NÆVIUS. THE FIRST NATIONAL ROMAN EPIC 119

2. QUINTUS ENNIUS 121

3. PUBLIUS VERGILIUS MARO 128

STUDIES IN THE POETRY OF ITALY

PART I

THE DRAMA

"Whose end, both at the first and now, was and is, to hold, as 'twere, the mirror up to nature; to show virtue her own features, scorn her own image, and the very age and body of the time his form and pressure."

1. THE BEGINNINGS OF ROMAN LITERATURE AND OLD ROMAN TRAGEDY

When Greece was at the height of her glory, and Greek literature was in its flower; when Æschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, all within two brilliant generations, were holding the polite world under the magic spell of their dramatic art, their rough and almost unknown Roman neighbors were just emerging from tradition into history. There the atmosphere was altogether one of struggle. The king ruled Romans, long oppressed, had at last swept away that crumbling kingdom, and established upon its ruins the young republic; the unconsidered masses, still oppressed, were just heaving themselves up into legal recognition, and had already obtained their tribunes, and a little later the boon of a published law the famous Law of the Twelve Tables, the first Roman code.

Three years before this, and in preparation for it, a committee of three Roman statesmen, the so called triumvirs, had gone to Athens to study the laws of Solon... Continue reading book >>




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