A Companion to Latin Studies

A Companion to Latin Studies

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A Companion to Latin Studies

A Companion to Latin Studies

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The general plan of the Companion to Latin Studies, now published by the Syndics of the University Press, corresponds to that of the Companion to Greek Studies, which appeared in 1905, under the editorship of Mr Whibley, and attained a second edition in the following year. The aim of the present work is to supply in a single volume such information (apart from that contained in Histories and Grammars) as would be most useful to the student of Latin literature. It has been produced by the co-operation of twenty-seven contributors. It contains articles on the Geography and Ethnology of Italy, and on the Topography of Rome; on Fauna and Flora; on Roman Chronology, with Chronological Tables extending from the foundation of Rome to the death of Justinian in 565 A.D.; and on the Religion of the Romans, Etruscans, and other Italic communities. The chapter on Private Antiquities is supplemented by an article on Roman Education. That on Public Antiquities, which fills a large part of the volume, is divided into no less than sixteen articles. These include a full description of the development of the Roman Constitution, a review of Roman Law adapted to the requirements of classical students, together with articles on Finance and Population and Orders of Society, on Colonies, on the Municipal and Provincial systems (with a survey of all the Roman Provinces), on Industry and Commerce, on Roads and Travel, on Measures, Weights, and Money, on the Army and the Navy (with a historical sketch of the rise of Roman sea-power), and, finally, on Public Games and on Theatres. Roman Art is treated under the five headings of Architecture, Sculpture, Terracottas, Gems, and Painting and Mosaic; Literature under the three divisions of (1) Poetry to the end of the Augustan age, (2) Post-Augustan . . .

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