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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CAESAR

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

INDISPUTABLY the greatest personality in Roman history, Caesar, in addition to his epoch-making achievements as a statesman and as a general, showed throughout his career a keen interest in various branches of literature and science. His writings included commentaries on the Gallic and on the Civil War, a grammatical treatise on Analogy which is said to have been composed during a journey from Italy to Transalpine Gaul, a work dealing with some problems of astronomy, a pamphlet against Cato Minor, written in the camp at Munda in answer to the panegyric which Cicero had published shortly after Cato's suicide at Utica, some poems, and many letters and speeches. Of these the commentaries alone have come down to us, the others being known only through the testimony of contemporary or later authors or from a few fragments which have survived.

He was born in 100 B. C. The Julian gens, to which he belonged, was of patrician rank, and more than one of its members had already attained to the consulship. Of his early life and education, little is known, but one of his tutors is said to have been the Gaul M. Antonius Gnipho, a rhetorician of some repute. Through the marriage of his father's sister to Marius, he was during his boyhood and youth brought in close contact with the great popular leader, and this connection undoubtedly did much to develop in him the democratic spirit which helped to make him the idol of the Roman masses. His wife was Cornelia, the daughter of Cinna, the famous adherent of Marius. He began his

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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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