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Product Details

  • Series: Portable Library
  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; Reprint edition (January 27, 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140150560
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140150568
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.4 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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I'm a freshman in high-school and am very interested in Classical literature and history. This book is wonderful. It gives you a flavor for some of the greatest Roman authors, and also gives you a feel for the time they were written. The introduction is wonderfully written, and his insight on the Roman culture is really quite interesting. I wish Davenport had done more books, one on Greek literature would have been spectacular, but to my knowladge there are no more. :( I highly recomend this book for a young person interested in Roman authors. He'll take you from early Roman comedy through the Republic, the Golden and Silver Ages, to the bitter end of the Empire.
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Davenport's 656 page compendium of selections by most of the great names in Roman literature begins with a useful introduction at the opening of each section, but lacks an introductory note before each individual selection. I liked that it includes meaty excerpts from the greatest writers, including complete plays by Plautus, Terence and Seneca, plus some complete books of the best works by Lucretius and Virgil.
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Used this text for a Roman Art History course (even though I own copies of most of the texts inside in either Latin or English). The one major complaint I have is some of the translations used are not so great. If you use this book find another translation of the Aeneid and of the Metamorphosis.
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