Telling Tales on Caesar
Roman Stories from Phaedrus
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Telling Tales on Caesar by Phaedrus
Book DescriptionThis book contains a dozen entertaining stories written in colloquial Latin verse newly translated and commented on by John Henderson. The author, Phaedrus, was a freeman of Augustus who put Aesop's Fables into five books of verse during the reign of Tiberius. He included a number of stories and anecdotes on everyday life situations as well as assorted satirical bits. Rarely read today, they take the reader to the heart of ancient Rome into everyday corners of classical life and culture, high and low, in the focal period of the first emperors, Augustus and Tiberius. Phaedrus was a member of the imperial staff and his themes include the emperor in private and in court; theatricity in public life; declamation as a site for mythologizing Rome; masculinity in ancient gender coding; patronage for poets under the Caesars; prejudice, wit, cynicism, and tyranny. The stories, combined with an introduction to the Fabulae of Aesop, show the ways Romans thought of, and protested at, Caesars.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199240951
(224mm x 145mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 8-Mar-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Aesop's Human Zoo, Hardback (October 2004)
Beginning to advanced classicists and Latin scholars will appreciate the original Latin text provided in this bilingual edition. And the inclusion of a number of witty nineteenth-century wood engravings by Thomas Bewick, the father of modern English book illustration, renders the collection complete.
Fables, Hardback (July 1989)» View all books by Phaedrus
Babrius s humorous and pointed fables in Greek verse probably date from the first century CE. From the same period come the lively fables in Latin verse written by Phaedrus, which satirize social and political life in Augustan Rome.
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