Roman Literary Cultures: Domestic Politics, Revolutionary Poetics, Civic Spectacle

(edited by Jonathan Edmondson and Alison Keith, U of T Press, 368 pages)

http://www.utppublishing.com/Roman-Literary-Cultures-Domestic-Politics-Revolutionary-Poetics-Civic-Spectacle.html.

Drawing on the historicizing turn in Latin literary scholarship, Roman Literary Cultures combines new critical methods with traditional analysis across four hundred years of Latin literature, from mid-republican Rome in the second century BC to the Second Sophistic in the second century AD. The contributors explore Latin texts both famous and obscure, from Roman drama and Menippean satire through Latin elegies, epics, and novels to letters issued by Roman emperors and compilations of laws.

Each of the essays in this volume combines close reading of Latin literary texts with historical and cultural contextualization, making the collection an accessible and engaging combination of formalist criticism and historicist exegesis that attends to the many ways in which classical Latin literature participated in ancient Roman civic debates.