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Classics: Literature

Greek Literature


This column provides a timetable and brief introduction to notable figures in Greek and Roman Literature. 

Ancient Greek Literature

Greek literature, ancient from The Columbia Encyclopedia

The writings of the ancient Greeks. The Greek Isles are recognized as the birthplace of Western intellectual life. The earliest extant European literary works are the Iliad and the Odyssey, both written in ancient Greek probably before 700 BCE, and attributed to Homer. Among other early epic poems, most of which have perished, those of Hesiod, the first didactic poet, remain.  MORE

Greek Classical and Pre-Classical Antiquity

Hellenistic Age

Hellenistic and Roman Period

Gold and Silver Age Latin: Defined

Golden Age, Latin from The Macmillan Encyclopedia

The period (70  BCE -18  CE) during which some of the highest achievements of Latin literature were produced. The first part of the period (70-43  BCE) was dominated by Cicero. The major writers of the subsequent Augustan age (43  BCE-18  CE) include Virgil, Horace, Livy, and Ovid. MORE

Silver Age, Latin from The Macmillan Encyclopedia

The period (18-ca. 130 CE) succeeding the Golden Age of Latin literature. During this time rhetorical brilliance and ornamentation became prized for its own sake. Major writers include the satirist Juvenal, the epigrammatist Martial, the historians Tacitus and Suetonius, and the philosopher and dramatist Seneca. MORE

Golden Age Latin

Silver Age Latin

Roman Literature