Change and Decline: Roman Literature in the Early Empire

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University of California Press, Jan 1, 1978 - Literary Criticism - 344 pages
 

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Contents

The poet and politics
52
The dominance of Greek culture
102
Authoritarianism and irrationality
153
Emperorworship as a literary theme
159
Some consequences of the terror
169
Cruelty and the exploitation of weakness
184
Brevity and expansiveness
213
Genre and personality
232
The cult of the episode
246
Readymade poetic ideas
254
Rhetoric
266
Literature and society
272
Index of passages discussed
329
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