by Lewis A. Sussman
The excerpts from "The Declamations of Calpurnius Flaccus" (2nd century) are one of the major sources of knowledge concerning "controversiae", model court speeches on fictitious themes. These formed the focus of Roman higher education and therefore had an enormous effect on Latin literary style and content from the late Republic onwards. They also contain important indirect evidence for contemporary social history. This work provides a general introduction, a Latin text, as well as an English translation and a full modern commentary which discusses the legal background and origins of the cases, points at issue, textual problems and matters of Latin style. The book should interest classical philologists, especially those interested in Latin style prose, ancient social historians and students of classical rhetoric, education, history and philology.