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Let the Games Begin : Five Roman Writers - by Peter Valente (Paperback)

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In LET THE GAMES BEGIN, Peter Valente has borrowed, sampled, excised, and rearranged the canon of Greek and Latin letters to consolidate the extremes which that literature is famous for. Life was just as ******ty in Ancient Rome as it is today and for many of the same reasons. Just ask Pliny the Younger. Taking a break from leisurely hunting all morning in the woods of his villa, he sits down to write prose. 'There is so much suffering in the world,' he thinks, and then commences to write. Pliny's cash-rich stoic hygiene is countered by the anonymous ******-obsessed poems of the Priapeia, along with stunning re- visions of Ovid, Catullus, and Lucian. LET THE GAMES BEGIN is a rich, embodied reading of Roman life, which is to say our contemporary life. A life which, like ours, includes not only bloody spectacular violence but a poetry which refuses, beautifully, to 'just accept things as they come and make the best of your situation, whatever it is.'—Brandon Brown, translator, THE POEMS OF GAIUS VALERIUS CATULLUS
Number of Pages: 64
Genre: Literary Criticism
Sub-Genre: General
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Small Pr Distribution
Author: Peter Valente
Language: English
Street Date: October 1, 2015
TCIN: 50532774
UPC: 9781584981152
Item Number (DPCI): 248-08-0869
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