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Questions tagged [latin-literature]

Use this tag for questions about works of literature originally created in the Latin language, along with the applicable author and work tags.

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What does Thomas More try to do with Greek puns in Utopia?

Thomas More uses Greek puns such as Hythloday that means speaker of nonsense, etc. What is he trying to do? What difference would it make for Greek readers and non-Greek readers?
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In Cupid and Psyche, why does Cupid hide himself from Psyche?

In the myth, Cupid only comes to Psyche in the dark, so she doesn't know who he is or what he looks like. What's Cupid's motivation for hiding his identity? Was he planning to do that indefinitely if ...
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Meaning of “The sin of thousands always goes unpunished”?

What did Lucanus mean by "The sin of thousands always goes unpunished" in Book V of Pharsalia?
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What/who are the exact sources of inspiration, deriving from Antiquity, for Fables, written by La Fontaine?

I know that La Fontaine's Fables is heavily inspired by Greco-Roman classic literature, especially Aesop's fables, but I'm sure there are other sources of inspiration for La Fontaine's 12 books of ...
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What is up with the oracle's prophecy in the story of Cupid and Psyche?

In the story of Cupid and Psyche, found in the Metamorphoses of Apuleius, Cupid, sent to wound Psyche with his arrows, falls in love with her himself, and flees. Later, her parents consult the oracle ...
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How much of the original verse is lost in Fitzgerald's translation of The Aeneid?

I checked out The Aeneid from the library and read it today. I found it a bit easier to read than I'd expected (I guess I expected worse-than-Shakespearean language/turns of phrase) and then I ...
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Who first referred to Odysseus as Ulysses?

When I was in high school, Homer's Iliad, Homer's Odyssey, and Virgil's Aeneid were taught as a trilogy of sorts. Was Virgil the first Roman to refer to Odysseus as 'Ulysses' or was there another (...