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Work in Progress: Literary Revision as Social Performance in Ancient Rome

Sean Alexander Gurd


This book offers an in-depth study of the role of literary revision in the compositional practices and strategies of self-representation among Roman authors at the end of the republic and the beginning of the principate. It focuses on Cicero, Horace, Quintilian, Martial, and Pliny the Younger, but also offers discussions of earlier Greek material, including Isocrates, Plato, and Hellenistic poetry. The book argues that revision made textuality into a medium of social exchange. Revisions were not always made by authors working alone; often, they were the result of conversations between an autho ... More

Keywords: Roman literature, Greek literature, revision, genetic criticism, Cicero, Horace, Pliny, Quintilian, Plato, Isocrates

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199837519
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199837519.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sean Alexander Gurd, author
Concordia University, Montreal