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Stylistic Commentaries on Latin prose

Postby Alex Sheremet » Fri Oct 03, 2008 1:00 am

Is there a standard, comprehensive stylistic commentary on Latin prose authors, i.e., a work that covers the peculiarities, etc., of Caesar, Livy, and so on, while comparing and evaluating them?

So far, I've noticed that the Latin commentaries from the 1800s do this, to an extent.. but, it's time-consuming to hunt individual editions on Google Books, and put them all together for a single overview. Perhaps there's already something out there that covers it all systematically.
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Postby vir litterarum » Fri Oct 03, 2008 2:32 am

An excellent book on Latin prose style from the viewpoint of prose rhythm is "The Colometry of Latin Prose" by Thomas Habinek. It is quite technical, but well worth the time one spends plowing through it. In particular interest to you would be the last chapter in which he analyzes selections from Tacitus, Cicero, and Livy in great colometric detail.
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Postby Alex Sheremet » Fri Oct 03, 2008 1:46 pm

Ah, that does look good. It appears out of print, and a bit expensive to buy used, but if I find a good copy somewhere, I'll take a look.

But, do you, are anyone else, know of a more general stylistic analysis of Latin prose writers? It seems like there should be at least a few classic texts.
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