On the Nature of Things

This great poem stands with Virgil s em Aeneid em as one of the vital and enduring achievements of Latin literature Lost for more than a thousand years its return to circulation in reintroduced dangerous ideas about the nature and meaning of existence and helped shape the modern world


Roman Drama: Nine Plays of Terence, Plautus and Seneca

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The Aeneid (Library of Liberal Arts, #212)

The Aeneid is a Latin epic poem written by Virgil between and BC that tells the legendary story of Aeneas a Trojan who travelled to Italy where he became the ancestor of the Romans It comprises lines in dactylic hexameter The first six of the poem s twelve books tell the story of Aeneas s wanderings from Troy to Italy and the poem s second half tells of the Trojans ultimately victorious war upon the Latins under whose name Aeneas and his Trojan followers are destined to be subsumed The hero Aeneas was already known to Greco Roman legend and myth having been a character in the Iliad composed in the th century BC Virgil took the disconnected tales of Aeneas s wanderings his vague association with the foundation of Rome and a personage of no fixed characteristics other than a scrupulous pietas and fashioned this into a compelling founding myth or national epic that at once tied Rome to the legends of Troy explained the Punic wars glorified traditional Roman virtues and legitimized the Julio Claudian dynasty as descendants of the founders heroes and gods of Rome and Troy


On Old Age and Friendship

Cato maior de senectute est dialogus philosophicus a M Tullio Cicerone anno a C n scriptus paulo antequam mortuus est Qui dialogus in colloquio inter tres personas consistit Cato Maior disputat de senectute cum P Scipione Aemiliano et C Laelio br Laelius de amicitia est dialogus philosophicus M Tulli Ciceronis quem scripsit anno a C n post Caesaris mortem quia Titus Pomponius Atticus Ciceronem aliquid scribere de amicitia oraverat Liber narrat de amicitia inter Publium Scipionem Aemilianum nuper mortuum et Gaium Laelium cos qui est persona princeps dialogi


The Menaechmi

Titus Maccius Plautus c BCE commonly known as Plautus was a Roman playwright of the Old Latin period His comedies are the earliest surviving intact works in Latin literature The Menaechmi his best known comedy is about mistaken identity involving a set of twins Menaechmus of Epidamnus and Menaechmus of Syracuse It incorporates various Roman stock characters including the parasite the comic courtesan the comic servant the domineering wife the doddering father in law and the quack doctor


Comedies of Terence

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