Latin literature

The literature of the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire written in the Latin language. The periods of Latin literature are conventionally divided into "Golden" Latin, or Golden Age, which covers approximately the period from the start of the first century BC up to the mid-first century AD, and Silver Latin, which covers the remainder of the Classical period. Anything after the mid-second century comes under the blanket description of "late" Latin literature, and tends to be studied for the light it sheds on the development of Latin into the Romance languages rather than for its literary merit (though there are exceptions, eg. Augustine of Hippo.)

Table of contents
1 Early Latin literature
2 Golden Age
3 Silver Latin
4 Latin Literature in the Late Antique period
5 Mediæval and Christian Latin literature

Early Latin literature

Poetry
Ennius

Comedy
Plautus
Terence

Golden Age

Poetry
Lucretius : On the Nature of Things
Catullus
Vergil : Aeneid
Horace
Ovid
Tibullus
Propertius

Prose
Julius Caesar : Gallic Wars
Cicero : Catiline Orations

Historiography
Nepos
Sallust
Livy

Silver Latin

Poetry
Manilius
Lucan
Statius

Prose
Petronius : Satyricon
Pliny the Elder : Natural History
Quintilian
Pliny the Younger
Aulus Gellius
Apuleius

Theater
Seneca

Satire
Juvenal
Martial

Historiography
Tacitus
Suetonius

Latin Literature in the Late Antique period

Ammianus Marcellinus
St Augustine of Hippo
Ausonius
Claudian
Ambrosius Theodosius Macrobius
Paulinus of Nola
Sidonius Apollinaris
Sulpicius Severus

Mediæval and Christian Latin literature

Abelard
Aetheria
Albertus Magnus
St Thomas Aquinas : Pange Lingua : Summa Theologica
The Archpoet
Bede
Carmina Burana
Geoffrey of Monmouth
Gildas
Goliards
Gregory of Tours
Hiberno-Latin
St Isidore of Seville : Etymologiæ
St Jerome : Vulgate
Peter of Blois
Petrarch
Thomas of Celæno : Dies Iræ
Walter of Châtillon

See also: Mass (liturgy); Mass (music)



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