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A saját és az idegen – A római kánonképződés
The Own and the Alien - Shaping of the Roman Literary Canon

Author(s): Ágnes Darab
Subject(s): Cultural history, Studies of Literature, Ancient World, Lexis, Historical Linguistics
Published by: Akadémiai Kiadó
Keywords: canon; comparative criticism; Cicero; Pliny the Elder; Quintilian;

Summary/Abstract: This paper makes an attempt to show the shaping of the Roman literary canon. From this point of view it analyses three texts: Cicero’s Brutus, the Book 7 (107-117) of the Elder Pliny’s Natural History and the Book 10 (1, 46-131) and 12 (10, 1-9) of Quintilian’s Institutio. I study - in connection with the Greek models – the methods (comparative literary criticism, visual analogy) of these writers, the structure (arrangement according to chronology, to genres, to the elder and younger generations, etc.) and the terminology of these texts. Inspite of the differencies, the aim of Cicero, Pliny and Quintilian was the same: to sum up the Roman literary achievement, to show it’s prominent, i. e. canonical figures and to establish also such way the Roman cultural identity.

  • Issue Year: 54/2010
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 239-252
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: Hungarian