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Empire of Letters: Writing in Roman Literature and Thought from Lucretius to Ovid

Stephanie Ann Frampton


Empire of Letters studies representations of texts and media in Roman authors from Lucretius to Ovid (c. 55 BCE–15 CE) in order to demonstrate how ancient writers conceived of the world, their work, and their own identities through material forms of writing. Drawing together methods of interpretation from a wide variety of fields (including Greek and Latin philology, epigraphy, papyrology, manuscript studies, literary criticism, media theory, and book history) and uniting close readings of major authors with the careful analysis of the physical forms inhabited by ancient texts (papyrus bookrol ... More

Keywords: Roman literature, history of the book, papyrus, wax tablets, epigraphy, Catullus, Horace, Ovid, Virgil, Lucretius

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190915407
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190915407.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephanie Ann Frampton, author
Associate Professor of Literature, Massachusetts Institute of Technology