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Who is Your Favorite Latin Author?

PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2016 1:41 pm
by Gaia Cassia Longina
Salvete omnes!

I personally prefer poets such as Catullus, Horace, Ovid, Martial, and of course, Vergil. As for other authors, I have to say, I love Cicero - but my love is more of a philosophical love and the way he transforms Latin into a more abstract language!

Who is your favorite Latin author? Do you prefer the historians (even though most were written in Greek originally)? Poets? Philosophers? What is your favorite work?

C Cassia Longina

Re: Who is Your Favorite Latin Author?

PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2016 10:20 pm
by Lucius Livius Seneca
L. Livius Cassiae Longinae et aliis sodalibus s.p.d.

While neither of these authors are Classical, I will share nevertheless. Reading Bernard of Clairvaux's sermons was the first time I realized how powerful and beautiful Latin prose could be; his use of parallelism is simply striking. The other author whose Latin style was especially memorable to me was Leo the Great. After reading some of his works, I couldn't help but sense there was something remarkable about his writing. This led me to do some research, from which I happily discovered that many others had made the same observation, traditionally dubbing Leo's style the cursus leonicus.

As for Classical authors, I'll have to give it some thought ...

Vale et valete.

Re: Who is Your Favorite Latin Author?

PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2016 11:19 am
by Gaius Florius Lupus
Salvete!
My favorite author is Titus Livius. He wrote the complete Roman history "Ab Urbe Condita". However I have to admit that I did not read it in the original Latin, but in modern Spanish.
Valete!
C. Florius Lupus

Re: Who is Your Favorite Latin Author?

PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2016 8:55 pm
by Lucia Horatia Adamas


L. Horatia Adamas fautoribus linguae Latinae S.P.D.

Among the classical authors, my favorites are Cicero and Horatius. I also like Vergilius and some others. One may have to be a very good Latinist to appreciate any of these, however; the mighty magnificence of Ciceronian oratory will sail over the heads of those struggling to decipher what he wrote. I remember how difficult this was for us in HS Latin III; there was not much appreciation of Ciceronian oratory when one had to spend so much time and effort just to comprehend it well enough to translate it for class. Now that I understand it a lot better, though, its beauty and power are very evident, and astonishing. It is just magnificent. So, too, is Ciceronian philosophy, which contains many astute observations.

Horatian poetry is not exactly lacking in complexity, either, but it, too, contains many pearls of wisdom, and perhaps prescience that he would not perish entirely, but would be remembered and quoted over the world.

While I read and appreciate history, that is not my main focus, nor is it the goal of a historian to embroider the narrative. One should merely make it as interesting and well-written as possible, but not invent content. The ancients were less strict about this than we (consider Herodotos), and Livius at least is not above reporting hearsay and such. The works of the historians are interesting, and very important to our understanding of antiquity, but the nature of history does not lend itself to the flights of fancy granted to poets and (on occasion) orators.

Valete!

Re: Who is Your Favorite Latin Author?

PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 4:17 pm
by Marcus Minucius Audens
Well, in my small library I have the following books right behind my writing chair where I can reach them. They are the most used books as I write:

>> Vitruvius, On Architecture, I and II;
>> Caesar, Gaelic War;
>> Frontinus, Stratagems, Aqueducts;
>> Vegitus, Epitome of Military Science.

Of course, I have other books which I use as well. These books feature Justinian, Polybius, Cicero, Lucretius, Pliny the Elder, Quintillian, Strabo, and Marcus Aurelius. All of which I find as excellent reading, so I have many favorites.

Respectfully Submitted;
Marcus Audens