An Anthology of Informal Latin, 200 BC–AD 900: Fifty Texts with Translations and Linguistic Commentary

An Anthology of Informal Latin, 200 BC–AD 900: Fifty Texts with Translations and Linguistic Commentary

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J Adams
Cambridge University Press
Edition: Reprint, 1/24/2019
EAN 9781108729970, ISBN10: 1108729975

Paperback, 732 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 4.2 cm
Language: English

This book contains over fifty passages of Latin from 200 BC to AD 900, each with translation and linguistic commentary. It is not intended as an elementary reader (though suitable for university courses), but as an illustrative history of Latin covering more than a millennium, with almost every century represented. Conventional histories cite constructions out of context, whereas this work gives a sense of the period, genre, stylistic aims and idiosyncrasies of specific passages. 'Informal' texts, particularly if they portray talk, reflect linguistic variety and change better than texts adhering to classicising norms. Some of the texts are recent discoveries or little known. Writing tablets are well represented, as are literary and technical texts down to the early medieval period, when striking changes appear. The commentaries identify innovations, discontinuities and phenomena of long duration. Readers will learn much about the diversity and development of Latin.

1. Ennius Euhemerus III (Vahlen)
2. Plautus Miles Gloriosus 5-27
3. Plautus Miles Gloriosus 416-35
4. Cato De agricultura 33.5-35
5. Cato De agricultura 157.3-7
6. One of the Johns Hopkins defixiones ('Plotius'), of republican date (c. 100 BC?)
7. Rhetorica ad Herennium 4.14
a specimen of the 'simple style'
8. Rhetorica ad Herennium 4.16
a 'debased' variant of the 'simple style'
9. Letter of Marcus Caelius Rufus to Cicero (Fam. 8.15.1-2)
10. Some jokes recorded by Cicero, Quintilian and Macrobius, mainly of republican date
11. Vitruvius on the larch (2.9.14-16)
12. From a letter of Augustus (Suetonius Aug. 76.2)
13. Soldier's letter of the late first century BC (Augustan period) from Qasr Ibrîm Egypt (P. Rainer Cent. 164, CEL 9)
14. Letter from Oxyrhynchus, possibly of Augustan date (Brown 1970, P. Oxy. XLIV.3208)
15. Legal document from the archive of the Sulpicii (TPSulp. 51
Camodeca 1999), dated 18 June AD 37 at Puteoli
16. Sexual verses from Pompeii (CIL IV.2360, 4008, 8229)
17. Passage from a letter of Seneca (12.1-3)
18. Freedman's speech from the Satyrica of Petronius (37.1-38.2)
19. Curse tablet from the sanctuary of Isis and Mater Magna at Mainz (Blänsdorf 2010a
173-5, text no. 8), of the second half of the first century AD
20. Letter from the Myos Hormos road (Egypt), end of first century/first quarter of second (Cuvigny 2003
II.409, M689)
21. Letter of Claudia Severa from Vindolanda (Tab. Vindol. 292), of the early second century
22. Letter of Claudius Terentianus (P. Mich. VIII.471, CEL 146), of the early second century
23. Letter from Mons Claudianus (Egypt), of the second century (O. Claud. 367)
24. Another letter from the Myos Hormos road (Egypt), of the period of Hadrian (Cuvigny 2003
II.405, M1107)
25. Surveyor's inscription from Algeria (CIL VIII.2728 = 18122 = ILS 5795), commemorating the construction of an aqueduct, c. 153
26. Soldier's letter from Wâdi Fawâkhir (Egypt), possibly of the second century (O. Faw. 2, CPL 304, CEL 74)
27. Passio sanctarum Perpetuae et Felicitatis 10, of the early third century
28. The Magerius Mosaic (third century)
29. Pelagonius Ars ueterinaria 34 (fourth century)
30. Parts of Pelagonius Ars ueterinaria 404, from two different manuscripts
31. Letter of Publicola to Augustine (Aug. Epist. 46, CSEL 34)
32. Curse tablet from London Bridge (Hassall and Tomlin 1987
360-1 no. 1)
33. Curse tablet from the Hamble Estuary, Hampshire (Tomlin 1997
455 no. 1)
34. Curse tablet from Uley, Gloucestershire (Hassall and Tomlin 1996
440 no. 1)
35. Another curse tablet from Uley, Gloucestershire (Hassall and Tomlin 1992
311 no. 5)
36. Curse tablet from Ratcliffe-on-Soar, Nottinghamshire (Hassall and Tomlin 1993
312 no. 2)
37. Curse tablet from Leicester (Tomlin 2008, 2009
327 no. 21)
38. Gospel of John (6.51-69) from the Vetus Latina (Codex Palatinus, e), and the corresponding passage from the Vulgate
39. Patrick Confessio 42-3 (fifth century)
40. Patrick Confessio 48-9
41. From one of the Albertini Tablets (Tablettes Albertini XIV.1-9), of the late fifth century
42. Two versions of a passage from the Physica Plinii
43. Two versions of Historia Apollonii Regis Tyri 40.1-15
44. Itinerarium Antonini Placentini 36-7, with different versions
45. Passage from the Dialogues of Gregory the Great (1.2.2-3)
46. Visigothic slate tablet (Velázquez Soriano 2004, 40.II), of the first half of the seventh century
47. Passage from the Vita sanctae Euphrosynae (17)
48. Selected passages from the Annales regni Francorum, in two versions
49. A description of the Basilica of Saint-Denis of 799
50. A tenth-century treatise on falcon medicine from northern Italy
Final conclusions
Subject index
Index verborum.