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Caesaris Augusti

Res Gestae et Fragmenta

Herbert Benario

Publication Year: 1990

The Res Gestae and Fragmenta by Caesar Augustus best exemplify the "pure" Latin of the Classical period. the sentences are clear and concise, with examples of almost every common phrase of Latin syntax. The material presented here in textbook form contains extensive annotation and commentary so that beginning Latin students will be able to read and comprehend the language with ease. The Res Gestae, a public statement Augustus left at the time of his death, is an autobiographical sketch of the emperor's life and is considered to be the most important extant Latin inscription. Herbert Benario's expanded notes, historical material, additional photographs, and assistance in translation make this revised volume useful and appropriate for the contemporary Latin student. A vocabulary section is included.

Published by: Wayne State University Press

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Preface to the First Edition

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pp. vii-viii

THE need of fresh material for elementary Latin reading has long been apparent and was recently stressed in the Report of the Classical Investigation [ 1924]. This Latin should be genuine, not artificial, and it should furthermore belong to the period when the so-called Classical Latin, the prose of Caesar, Cicero, and Livy, was spoken and written. At the same...

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Preface to the Second Edition

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pp. ix-xii

THE revision and republication of this book serve as an act of pietas, to the emperor himself and to the memory of Professor Rogers, whom I knew well for many years before his untimely death in 1968 and from whom, in conversation and from his many writings, I learned a great deal.There is once again available a skillfully designed text for students at an...

List of Illustrations

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pp. xiii-xiv

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pp. xv-xvii

AUGUSTUS, like his great-uncle and adoptive father Julius Caesar, was a master of the Latin language and keenly interested in literature. He was the author of a lost hexameter poem on Sicily, probably a geographical work, of epigrams of which two examples survive, and of ribald poems called Fescennini sent to Asinius Pollio. His Ajax, a tragedy, did not...

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pp. 3-22

RĒRUM gestārum dīvī Augustī, quibus orbem terrīrum imperiī popuh Rōmānī subiēcit, et impēnsērum quās in rem publicam populumque Rōmānum fēcit, incīsārum in duābus ahēneīs pīlīs, quae sunt Rōmae positae, exemplar subiectum....

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pp. 23-46

Augustus gave this reason for divorcing his first wife, Scribonia: "Mōrum perversitātem eius pertaesus sum."...


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pp. 47-62


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pp. 63-86

Chronological Table

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pp. 67-90

Genealogical Tables

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pp. 91-94


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pp. 95-117

E-ISBN-13: 9780814336564
Print-ISBN-13: 9780814321386

Page Count: 236
Illustrations: 15
Publication Year: 1990

Edition: 2nd Edition, revised and enlarged