History Of Latin Literature (9 Titles) [Classics]

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A Primer Of Latin Literature (1877) by Lawrence, Eugene (1823–1894)

📖 Ideal for novice readers

ℹ️ "The rise, excellence, and decay of the Latin intellect form the subject of the following study. I have endeavored to give some familiar details of the life of each noted author, some outline of each historical period. As a link in the chain of human progress, the literature of Rome is of extraordinary importance." (Preface)


A History Of Latin Literature (1877) by Schmitz, Leonhard (1807–1890)

ℹ️ "It seems strange that in this country, where Latin is taught in all the public and even in most of the middle-class schools, there does not exist, as for as I know, a concise general history of Latin Literature that might he-put into the Lands of young students, and give them a succinct history of its treasures, of its gradual development, and ultimate decay. I have endeavoured to supply this want in a manner which, I hope, may be acceptable not only to the student of Latin, but to educated readers in general, who cannot fail to take an interest in the literature of a people that has exercised, and is still exercising, so great an influence upon the civilised world.

I might have confined myself to those parts of Latin Literature which are still extant, or even to those writers whose works really deserve the name of classical, and are commonly read in schools and universities ; but in either case I should have conveyed a most inadequate and partial idea of what Latin Literature really was, or rather has been. I have, therefore, thought it preferable to give a complete, though very brief, survey of the whole domain of literature, from its rudest beginnings down to the time when the Latin language in Italy and the Latinised provinces of Gaul, Spain, and Africa was losing its original character, and, under the influence of the conquerors, entered upon an entirely new development, which in the end produced the modem languages of Italy, Prance, Spain, and Portugal."


A History Of Latin Literature From Ennius To Boethius (1883) by Simcox, George Augustus (1841–1905)

ℹ️ "My original aim in writing was to do something towards making Latin literature intelligible and interesting as a whole to the cultivated laity who might like to realize its literary worth, whether they read Latin or no. It seemed impossible to do this in any adequate measure within the limits of a hand-book for beginners. Hand-books for advanced students exist already, but their necessary severity of method reduces every author to a skeleton, and almost excludes literary criticism." (Preface)

Volume 1: https://archive.org/details/historyoflatinli01simcuoft/page/n7

Volume 2: https://archive.org/details/historyoflatinli02simcuoft/page/n5

Roman Literature (1890) by Wilkins, Augustus Samuel (1843–1905)

📖 Ideal for novice readers


Latin Literature (1896, 2nd Edition) by Mackail, John William (1859–1945)

ℹ️ "This book, in the University Series of Manuals, is exceptionally well prepared. It is a close study and a readable presentation of the history of Latin literature, prepared with painstaking care and written with so much enthusiasm and discrimination as to be a classic tonic." (The Journal Of Education, 20/02/1896)


Introduction to Classical Latin Literature (1904) by Lawton, William Cranston (1853–1941)

ℹ️ "His narrative, however, his criticism and his bits of significant allusion are all admirable and possess a certain vividness which imbues his subject with a genuine interest even when studied by the immature. He has, too, that rare quality to which we have just referred, the quality of inspiring the reader with a wish to go on and to learn still more; and this wish is anticipated in the brief but well-selected bibliographies which are appended to the several chapters. Both the student and the teacher may find something quickening and suggestive on every page, and to the former the illustrations, though not particularly well executed, will enhance the book's attractiveness." (Harry Thurston Peck, The Bookman, 11/1904)


A History Of Latin Literature (1915) by Dimsdale, Marcus Southwell (c.1860–1919)

ℹ️ "IN writing this book I have aimed at tracing the development of Latin Literature, and at setting forth the influences which determined the character of its successive phases. Even more have I desired to give an idea of the personalities and the productions of the great Latin writers, for these are the fruits of the tree, the growth of which it has been my purpose to indicate." (Preface)


The Silver Age Of Latin Literature (1920) by Summers, Walter Coventry (1869–????)

ℹ️ "THE term ' Silver Latin ' is often applied loosely to all the post-Augustan literature of Rome : in this book it has been reserved for that earlier part of it which, in spite of a definite decline in taste and freshness, deserves nevertheless to be sharply distinguished from the baser metals of the imitative or poverty-stricken periods which followed.

I hope that what I have written may be of service to professed students of Latin, and the notes are almost entirely devoted to their interests. It is, however, the general reader that I have had mainly in view, a fact which has made it necessary to English all illustrative extracts. I felt very strongly that renderings from poets must be themselves in verse : I could wish it had been otherwise. For many of the passages had never been translated into English verse, and, where they had been, the translations seemed almost invariably too free to serve my purpose, which was to give the reader a tolerably accurate conception of what the poet wrote, not, as for instance Dryden's was, to make the poet ' speak such English as he would have spoken if he had been born in England and in this present age.'"


A History Of Roman Literature (1923, 2nd Edition) by Fowler, Harold North (1859–1955)

ℹ️ "This book is intended primarily for use as a text-book in schools and colleges. I have therefore given more dates and more details about the lives of authors than are in themselves important, because dates are convenient aids to memory, as they enable the learner to connect his new knowledge with historical facts he may have learned before, while biographical details help to endow authors with something of concrete personality, to which the learner can attach what he learns of their literary and intellectual activity." (Preface)

ℹ️ "The author bases his work on Teuffel, Schanz, and Dr. Mackail, and has designed it 'for use as a text-book', giving extracts almost entirely in English, because 'Latin would probably not be read by most young readers', and, if wanted, 'the texts of the most important works are sure to be at hand in the schools'. Although this prevailing absence of Latin makes it difficult to convey at second hand the aesthetic value of the authors, still the method is calculated to lead junior students towards a wider study of the originals, and also, it is to be hoped, to interest the ordinary reader in the sequence of Roman thought" (J. Wight Duff, The Classical Review, 02–03/1924)



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