Masterpieces of Latin Literature: Terence: Lucretius: Catullus: Virgil: Horace: Tibullus: Propertius: Ovid: Petronius: Martial: Juvenal: Cicero: Caesar: Livy: Tacitus: Pliny the Younger: Apuleius; with Biographical Sketches and Notes

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may be, it is his own relation to it that interests him most, and to himself he almost invariably returns. If his sufferings were great, the contemplation of them afforded him a pleasure that was, in part at least, a recompense. His happiness would seem to have reached its highest point in brooding over his own death and burial.

Unlike that of his contemporary Tibullus his work shows strong Alexandrian influence. His models were Callimachus and Philetas, and it is to his imitation of them that the undue preponderance of mythological lore and the tendency to recondite and abstruse allusion are largely due. To the same source must be ascribed the excessive elaboration of detail and superabundance of ornament that characterize some of his elegies. Yet in spite of these faults we find everywhere traces of a genius of rare brilliancy: imagination of great range and vividness, deftness in word and phrase, and a fine ear for rhythmical effects.


BEAUTY UNADORNED
(I., 2.)
DEAR girl,1 what boots it thus to dress thy hair,
Or flaunt in silken garment rich and rare,
To reek of perfume from a foreign mart,
And pass thyself for other than thou art--
Thus Nature's gift of beauty to deface5
And rob thy own fair form of half its grace?
Trust me, no skill can greater charms impart;
Love is a naked boy and scorns all art.
Bears not the sod unbidden blossoms rare?
The untrained ivy, is it not most fair?10
Greenest the shrub on rocks untended grows,
Brightest the rill in unhewn channel flows.
1 Cynthia.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Contents iii
  • Introduction vii
  • Terence 1
  • Scene 2. 9
  • Scene 3. 13
  • Act III 18
  • Scene 6. 28
  • Act IV 34
  • Scene 4. 35
  • Scene 5. 41
  • Scene 6. 42
  • Act V 44
  • Scene 2. 46
  • Scene 3. 47
  • Scene 4. 49
  • Scene 6. 49
  • Lucretius 63
  • Invocation to Venus (i., 1-43.) 66
  • Atoms and Void (i., 503-550) 67
  • The Gospel According to Epicurus 71
  • The Fear of Death 76
  • Love's Extravagance 77
  • The Development of Man 78
  • Remorse 110
  • Love and Hate 124
  • At His Brother's Grave1 125
  • Cicero 127
  • To Caesar, in Gaul 162
  • To His Brother Quintus, in Gaul 164
  • To C. Trebatius Testa, in Gaul 165
  • To Atticus in Rome 166
  • Cicero and His Son to Terentia And Tullia, in Rome 167
  • To Atticus in Rome 169
  • Caesar 182
  • Virgil 198
  • Damon and Alphesiboeus 201
  • Signs of Bad Weather 210
  • After Caesar's Death 212
  • The Battle of the Bees 213
  • Horace 273
  • To Chloe 280
  • To Lydia 283
  • Simplicity 283
  • The Golden Mean 284
  • A Reconciliation 285
  • To the Spring of Bandusia 286
  • To Maecenas 287
  • Country Life 288
  • A Challenge 294
  • A Letter of Introduction 298
  • To His Book 299
  • Tibullus 302
  • A Rural Festival 303
  • Propertius 312
  • To Maecenas 313
  • A Change of View 314
  • A Roman Matron to Her Husband 318
  • Ovid 325
  • Livy 348
  • Horatius 353
  • Before the War 359
  • The Battle of Cannae (xxii., 44-49.) 362
  • The Carthaginians in Capua (xxiii., 17.) 373
  • Martial 393
  • Tacitus 399
  • Customs of the Germans 401
  • The Mutiny of the Pannonian Legions 410
  • The Great Fire at Rome 424
  • Juvenal 432
  • To Cornelius Tacitus 450
  • To Sosius Senecio 451
  • To Septicius Clarus 452
  • To Calpurnia 453
  • To Tacitus 454
  • To Sura 455
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