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Anthology of Informal Latin, 200 BC-AD 900
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Preface; Introduction; Abbreviations; Texts; 1. Ennius Euhemerus III (Vahlen); 2. Plautus Miles Gloriosus 5-27; 3. Plautus Miles Gloriosus 416-35; 4. Cato De agricultura 33.5-35; 5. Cato De agricultura 157.3-7; 6. One of the Johns Hopkins defixiones ('Plotius'), of republican date (c. 100 BC?); 7. Rhetorica ad Herennium 4.14: a specimen of the 'simple style'; 8. Rhetorica ad Herennium 4.16: a 'debased' variant of the 'simple style'; 9. Letter of Marcus Caelius Rufus to Cicero (Fam. 8.15.1-2); 10. Some jokes recorded by Cicero, Quintilian and Macrobius, mainly of republican date; 11. Vitruvius on the larch (2.9.14-16); 12. From a letter of Augustus (Suetonius Aug. 76.2); 13. Soldier's letter of the late first century BC (Augustan period) from Qasr Ibrim Egypt (P. Rainer Cent. 164, CEL 9); 14. Letter from Oxyrhynchus, possibly of Augustan date (Brown 1970, P. Oxy. XLIV.3208); 15. Legal document from the archive of the Sulpicii (TPSulp. 51: Camodeca 1999), dated 18 June AD 37 at Puteoli; 16. Sexual verses from Pompeii (CIL IV.2360, 4008, 8229); 17. Passage from a letter of Seneca (12.1-3); 18. Freedman's speech from the Satyrica of Petronius (37.1-38.2); 19. Curse tablet from the sanctuary of Isis and Mater Magna at Mainz (Blansdorf 2010a: 173-5, text no. 8), of the second half of the first century AD; 20. Letter from the Myos Hormos road (Egypt), end of first century/first quarter of second (Cuvigny 2003: II.409, M689); 21. Letter of Claudia Severa from Vindolanda (Tab. Vindol. 292), of the early second century; 22. Letter of Claudius Terentianus (P. Mich. VIII.471, CEL 146), of the early second century; 23. Letter from Mons Claudianus (Egypt), of the second century (O. Claud. 367); 24. Another letter from the Myos Hormos road (Egypt), of the period of Hadrian (Cuvigny 2003: II.405, M1107); 25. Surveyor's inscription from Algeria (CIL VIII.2728 = 18122 = ILS 5795), commemorating the construction of an aqueduct, c. 153; 26. Soldier's letter from Wadi Fawakhir (Egypt), possibly of the second century (O. Faw. 2, CPL 304, CEL 74); 27. Passio sanctarum Perpetuae et Felicitatis 10, of the early third century; 28. The Magerius Mosaic (third century); 29. Pelagonius Ars ueterinaria 34 (fourth century); 30. Parts of Pelagonius Ars ueterinaria 404, from two different manuscripts; 31. Letter of Publicola to Augustine (Aug. Epist. 46, CSEL 34); 32. Curse tablet from London Bridge (Hassall and Tomlin 1987: 360-1 no. 1); 33. Curse tablet from the Hamble Estuary, Hampshire (Tomlin 1997: 455 no. 1); 34. Curse tablet from Uley, Gloucestershire (Hassall and Tomlin 1996: 440 no. 1); 35. Another curse tablet from Uley, Gloucestershire (Hassall and Tomlin 1992: 311 no. 5); 36. Curse tablet from Ratcliffe-on-Soar, Nottinghamshire (Hassall and Tomlin 1993: 312 no. 2); 37. Curse tablet from Leicester (Tomlin 2008, 2009: 327 no. 21); 38. Gospel of John (6.51-69) from the Vetus Latina (Codex Palatinus, e), and the corresponding passage from the Vulgate; 39. Patrick Confessio 42-3 (fifth century); 40. Patrick Confessio 48-9; 41. From one of the Albertini Tablets (Tablettes Albertini XIV.1-9), of the late fifth century; 42. Two versions of a passage from the Physica Plinii; 43. Two versions of Historia Apollonii Regis Tyri 40.1-15; 44. Itinerarium Antonini Placentini 36-7, with different versions; 45. Passage from the Dialogues of Gregory the Great (1.2.2-3); 46. Visigothic slate tablet (Velazquez Soriano 2004, 40.II), of the first half of the seventh century; 47. Passage from the Vita sanctae Euphrosynae (17); 48. Selected passages from the Annales regni Francorum, in two versions; 49. A description of the Basilica of Saint-Denis of 799; 50. A tenth-century treatise on falcon medicine from northern Italy; Final conclusions; Bibliography; Subject index; Index verborum.

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This book illustrates the changing character of Latin over 1000 years, through detailed linguistic commentaries on fifty passages, each with a translation.

About the Author

J. N. Adams, CBE, FBA, is an Emeritus Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, an Honorary Fellow of Brasenose College, Oxford, and an Honorary Research Fellow, University of Manchester. He is the author of many books and articles on the Latin language, including the trilogy Bilingualism and the Latin Language (Cambridge, 2003), The Regional Diversification of Latin 200 BC - AD 600 (Cambridge 2007) and Social Variation and the Latin Language (Cambridge, 2013). He was awarded the Kenyon Medal for Classical Studies of the British Academy in 2009.

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