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Roman literature and Poetry . By: Jonelle Davis . Roman literature. Formal Latin literature began in 240 BC, when a Roman audience saw a Latin version of a Greek play. Roman poetry.

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Roman literature
Roman literature

  • Formal Latin literature began in 240 BC, when a Roman audience saw a Latin version of a Greek play.


Roman poetry
Roman poetry

  • Andronicus also translated Homer's Greek epic the Odyssey into an old type of Latin verse called Saturnian. The first Latin poet to write on a Roman theme was Gaius Navies during the 200s BC. He composed an epic poem about the first Punic War


Roman poetry cont
Roman poetry cont.

  • Other epic poets followed Navies. Quintus Ennis wrote a historical epic, the Annals (soon after 200 BC), describing Roman history from the founding of Rome to his own time.


Roman literature1
Roman literature

  • Latin literature was at its height from 81 BC to AD 17. This period began with the first known speech of Cicero and ended with the death of Ovid.


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