Roman Way

Roman Way

by Edith Hamilton


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Drawing on the greatest writers of its civilization, Hamilton vividly depicts the life and spirit of Rome.

In this informal history of Roman civilization, Edith Hamilton vividly depicts the Roman life and spirit as they are revealed in the greatest writers of the time. Among these literary guides are Cicero, who left an incomparable collection of letters; Catullus, the quintessential poet of love; Horace, the chronicler of a cruel and materialistic Rome; and the Romantics Virgil, Livy, and Seneca. The story concludes with the stark contrast between high-minded Stoicism and the collapse of values witnessed by Tacitus and Juvenal.

“No one in modern times has shown us more vividly . . . ‘the grandeur that was Rome.’ Filtering the golden essence from the mass of classical literature, she proved how applicable to our daily lives are the humor and wisdom of more than 2,000 years ago.”— New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780830093809
Publisher: Barnes & Noble
Publication date: 08/15/1993

About the Author

Edith Hamilton (1867–1963) was made an honorary citizen of Athens because of her writings. She won the National Achievement Award and received honorary degrees from Yale University, the University of Rochester, and the University of Pennsylvania. The author of The Roman Way, Mythology, and other works, she was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Table of Contents

Preface 9

I Comedy's Mirror 13

II Ancient Rome Reflected in Plautus and Terence 24

III The Comic Spirit in Plautus and Terence 46

IV Cicero's Rome: The Republic 58

V Cicero Himself 68

VI Caesar and Cicero 82

VII Catullus 101

VIII Horace 119

IX The Rome of Augustus as Horace Saw It 135

X The Roman Way 148

XI Enter the Romantic Roman: Virgil, Livy, Seneca 161

XII Juvenal's Rome and the Stoics 184

XIII The End of Antiquity 201

Chronology 205

References 207

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