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By W.J. Dominik, J. Garthwaite, P.A. Roche
Roman literature is inherently political within the diverse contexts of its creation and the abiding matters of its material. This assortment examines the innovations and methods of political writing at Rome in a large diversity of literature spanning nearly centuries, differing political platforms, climates, and contexts. It applies a definition of politics that's extra in line with sleek severe ways than has frequently been the case in stories of the political literature of classical antiquity. via using a large choice of severely expert viewpoints, this quantity deals the reader not just an extended view of the abiding innovations, recommendations, and issues of political expression at Rome but additionally many new views on person authors of the early empire and their republican precursors.
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