The Language and Style of the Fragmentary Republican Historians

J. Briscoe

in Aspects of the Language of Latin Prose

Published by British Academy

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780197263327
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734168 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

The Language and Style of the Fragmentary Republican Historians

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This chapter starts by describing the nature of the evidence of the language and style of the fragmentary republican historians. It also refers to a number of usages which are absent, or virtually absent, from Cicero and Caesar: some of these are found in Latin – primarily, of course, in poetry – of a time before that of the historian concerned, while others occur for the first time in the author in question. The chapter specifically discusses archaisms and neologisms. It also reports the successors of Cato I. The verbatim fragments of L. Cassius Hemina, Q. Fabius Maximus Servilianus, L. Calpurnius Piso, C. Fannius and Cn. Gellius, L. Coelius Antipater, Sempronius Asellio, Q. Claudius Quadrigarius, Valerius Antias, L. Cornelius Sisenna, and C. Licinius Macer are then explored. The surviving longer fragments, with a few exceptions, exhibit a simple sentence structure, with a minimum of subordination.

Keywords: L. Cassius Hemina; Fabius Maximus Servilianus; L. Calpurnius Piso; C. Fannius; Cn. Gellius; L. Coelius Antipater; Sempronius Asellio; Q. Claudius Quadrigarius; Valerius Antias; L. Cornelius Sisenna

Chapter.  10374 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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