Among these literary guides are Cicero, who left an incomparable collection of letters Catullus, the quintessential poet of love Horace, the chronicler of a cruel and materialistic Rome and the Romantics Virgil, Livy, and Seneca The story concludes with the stark contrast between high minded Stoicism and the collapse of values witnessed by Tacitus and Juvenal.
The Roman Way Among these literary guides are Cicero who left an incomparable collection of letters Catullus the quintessential poet of love Horace the chronicler of a cruel and materialistic Rome and the Romant
Edith Hamilton not only appreciates Latin literature for its use in the analysis of Roman history, but also the brilliance of their writings By using Roman playwrights and poets, Hamilton traces the development of Rome, from its origin as something not Greek, to the romantic and grandiose poems of Virgil, and the sentimental romantic that is Seneca The expression of Roman morals is first seen through its character within the plays of Terence and Plautus The Mother, The Son, The Slave each with t [...]
Edith Hamilton was an interesting woman She was an educator and read Greek and Latin and French and German all her life for her own pleasure She wrote this book in her 60 s It reflected her life long love of literature and was insightful In her words, What the Romans did has always interested me much less than what they were and what the historians have said they were is beyond all comparison less interesting to me than what they themselves said She focused on what we can derive from literature [...]
Like the Greek Way, the Roman Way is a collection of interpretive essays on specific writers and their broader cultural context, this time, of course, relocated to Italy s capital Hamilton of course brings her astonishing breadth of knowledge of the subject to this work, as well as the fascinating fruits of a lifetime spent in the contemplation of the works that have been the focus of her study Her insight into Roman culture is, in my opinion, indispensable to anyone interested in the topic, eve [...]
What does it mean to be an American Despite living smack dab in the middle of the U.S my entire life, despite being surrounded by other so called Americans, despite all my obvious expertise, of course I can t answer that question It is ridiculous, of course, to even consider that one worldview or way of thinking surrounds everyone in a particular country, from the homeless black man to the millionaire heiress Hit the streets with intentions of gathering opinions and then draw a general consensus [...]
Fascinating although the parallels between now and then are a little alarming.
This book is easy to read, well written and insightful Hamilton gives an authoritative account of the lives of a distant culture and their broader cultural context to today s world I really got a feeling for what the Romans thought and felt Referencing such representational figures as Plautus and Terence, and even Cicero, she provided much interesting analyses from using examples of source documents It isn t that long though, and I wish she provide of a history of Rome and a comprehensive surv [...]
The author succeeds in bringing an understanding of what the Romans thought and felt, and what their legacy to the modern world has been Well and clearly written with interesting analyses and use of examples of source documents I loved this book.
Edith Hamilton is sassy I wish I had gone to Bryn Mayr Girl s school in the 1920s and taken her class Yet another life changing experience I missed out on.
See also some additional quotations I liked from the book longerthoughts.wordpress A fun read actually, and also a pardon the pun classic work on the subject, I m told, though I did not know that when I picked it up I love reading history because you realize, certainly in this book, that all people were fundamentally just like ourselves, which makes the study of them also the study of ourselves And there are also therefore many parallels between their history and our present As I said on Twitter [...]
I think I should start by saying I love Edith Hamilton her Mythology, probably than anything else, is responsible my lifelong love of the subject and she is on my short list of anyone from all of history that I would invite to my ultimate dinner party However, this is not by any means a perfect book Hamilton writes so sublimely when she weaves in and out of text from sources and her own writing to tell a story Her chapter on Sullust when she traces his love affair with his Lesbia through his po [...]
The book provides an account of Rome, as written by her own people instead of based on what historians have uncovered It discusses the differences between the Greek classicism and Roman romanticism, traces the influence of Roman theatre on Western theatre, and explains what the Roman characters were like I found the narration a bit difficult in some places, but overall it is a very enlightening introduction to Rome, her legacy, and how she shaped the Western civilisation.
Though this is a decent look into Roman life as displayed in plays, Hamilton fails as a writer for me Her writing style and argument lacks emphasis throughout, and this to me becomes simply a collection of snippets from plays which I d be interested in reading than I am in reading her attempts to analyze them.
A good look back into the roman way of life, as long as you can get past the syntax.
I read this book as part of a Western Civilization class Overall, I found it a quick, intelligent read that shouldn t take too long to sift through The arguments are clear, albeit a bit tedious at times, and there are plenty of excerpts to get an idea of the subject matter However, Hamilton makes broad, sweeping assumptions of the Roman based on the writings of only a handful of writers After all, I m sure if 2 people were chosen to represent our period of life as Americans and our daily lives, [...]
For an introduction into the Roman world, this is a valuable book I picked it up because I am getting ready to re read Vergil and I wanted to have some setting, some context and I wasn t disappointed She has chapters on the key players in the Roman culture History is only the backdrop the focus of her book is on the artists Cicero, Horace, Vergil, Plautus, Catullus, Seneca, Livy, Tacitus, and even Marcus Aurelius I became fascinated by reading about Cicero and want to follow up and read about h [...]
I m one of those people who reads the ancients in translation and Roman history historical fiction for pleasure, but I must confess The Roman Way , though informative, was of a duty than a pleasure to read It does make an excellent introduction to the figures whose writings Hamilton employs to illustrate Roman s Plautus and Terence, Cicero, Catullus, Horace, Livy, Virgil, and Juvenal Excepting the last of these I d read only excerpts of these writers, and now look forward to reading of Cicero [...]
Hamilton s slim little volume is not a history of Rome Nor is it a comprehensive survey of Roman culture or literature It is a series of character sketches of the chief Roman literary figures from the time of Plautus to the that of Tacitus, roughly 200 B.C to A.D 100 Hamilton uses these sketches to explicate what the congeries of attitudes and beliefs she styles the Roman Way The Romans as they emerge from her portrait are down to earth, stolid people, practical than the Greeks Their great achi [...]
If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need Marcus Tullius CiceroEdith Hamilton s premise for this book is that we learn about a time period or people by reading their literature, poetry, speeches and plays By doing this we know what they were interested in and how they thought This small volume entertains us with silly comedies of cuckolded husbands and their shrewish wives, poems that speak of love and honor and classic speeches by Cicero and Mark Antony I don t know if t [...]
This is Hamilton s examination of Roman literature, a companion to The Greek Way The drama and poetry of Rome was hugely influenced by the Greek tradition, and by her lights it pales by comparison While she does not dismiss all of the other achievements of ancient Rome, she treats them as if they were impediments to its culture rather than its basis It seems to be an unfair treatment, but to be impartial would in this case be dishonest Her argument seems to be that life as a Roman citizen was fa [...]
Better as an introduction than as a survey I warmed up some on Edith Hamilton knowing what to expect in this one I had gone into her hoping for a sort of primer on the ancients, to see if I might want to read further and where to start, but she was not the best choice for that What Hamilton s books are good for is an introduction of sort The Roman Way and its predecessor on the Greeks both read like something that assumed a reading of the discussed works either coming or just finished She is rel [...]
I bought this book when in high school and it looks as if I dipped into it but I have no recollection of its contents I decided to reread it before sending it off to the University College Bookroom and I am so glad I did Although first published in 1932 it still feels fresh in its writing style and timeless in its message.Hamilton seeks to understand the fundamentals of Roman character through the works of Roman writers She freely admits that this is an incomplete and biased record but it is the [...]
A moderately inspired work which will reiterate truisms of Roman culture for those even vaguely familiar with the major players of Latin Literature still, it was a nice little visit while it lasted This is one of those rare cases where the book could have been much better if it had been twice, maybe even three times longer A decent treatment nevertheless.Again, its not really a revelation that we as Americans share so much with the Romans, but it probably helps to hear this every now and then.
I don t agree with every assessment Hamilton makes, but each one is thoughtful, well reasoned, well articulated I would give this to my students as an excellent post read overview of any of these Roman authors, and also as a case study in effective use of quotations And reading about these authors I love made me love them even As Raymond once said of Plutarch, All the characters in your cozy classics world in one place grin.
Hamilton, a renown scholar of ancient Rome and Greece, shows Rome through the eyes of it s writers.Cicero, Horace, Virgil, etc Overall, pretty boring There were a few interesting tidbits along the way For those people who think that we live in the most wicked time, they really should study ancient Rome.
You can t judge a millennia spanning, hemisphere encompassing empire like Rome based on the writings of a half dozen rich white dudes This is a pet peeve of mine, and other reviewers have already laid it out much better than I could But this book still deserves its status as a classic there s lots of great stuff here I loved it in college and I love it now.
Edith Hamilton is a wonderful writer, who clearly shows what the Romans were really like, how their greatest writers revealed the strengths and weaknesses of a remarkable people I plan to read this again in a few years.
Although a companion to her previous The Greek Way 1930 , I read The Roman Way several years later Knowing a lot about Roman history and culture by this time as a result of two years of Latin classes and a lot reading, I was less impressed by this book than by its predecessor.
I still must read this book so that it may join The Greek Way on my shelf of read and worthy to have been read books.
Can t find my copy, picking one up at the library on Tuesday.