Francis Cairns Publications

Published June 2021

Francis Cairns (Publications) was established in 1976. Our main area of activity is in ancient Classics, with over 60 titles published to date on Greek and Latin language and literature, and on Greek and Roman history and historiography.

Our back list also includes titles on Hispanic and French literature, and a single book on economic history.


Roman Poetry, Republican and Imperial

Papers of the Langford Latin Seminar
Volume 18, 2021

Edited by Francis Cairns

Roman Poetry, Republican and Imperial, the eighteenth volume in the PLLS series, ranges from the later Republic to the Flavian period. The ancient authors discussed include Ennius, Furius Antias, Horace, Propertius, Ovid, Seneca the Younger, Silius Italicus, Martial, and Statius. The approaches range from strictly philological to broadly thematic, but in all contributions there is an emphasis on careful and contextual reading of the primary texts, and on intertextual links both with other Latin poetry and with Greek antecedents.

ISBN 9780995461222. Hard cover. xiv+334 pp.

Arca (Classical and  Medieval Texts, Papers and Monographs) 56

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