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The poets and prose-writers of Greece and Rome have been acutely aware of their literary background. They expressed this cognizance within the regularity with which, of their writings, they imitated and alluded to the good authors who had preceded them. Such imitation was once typically now not considered as plagiarism yet as necessary to the production of a brand new literary paintings: imitating one's predecessors used to be on no account incompatible with originality or growth. those perspectives weren't strange to the writers of Greece and Rome yet have been followed via many others who've written within the 'classical culture' correct as much as glossy occasions. inventive Imitation and Latin Literature is an exploration of this idea of imitation. The members examine chosen passages from a variety of authors - Greek, Latin and English - as a way to show how Latin authors created new artistic endeavors by way of imitating previous passages of literature.

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