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CLASSICAL LATIN is the modern term used to describe the form of the Latin
Latin
language recognized as standard by writers of the late Roman Republic and the Roman Empire
Roman Empire
. In some later periods, it was regarded as "good" Latin, with later versions being viewed as debased or corrupt. The word Latin
Latin
is now taken by default as meaning "Classical Latin", so that, for example, modern Latin
Latin
textbooks describe Classical Latin. Marcus Tullius Cicero
Cicero
and his contemporaries of the late republic, while using lingua latina and sermo latinus to mean the Latin
Latin
language as opposed to Greek or other languages, and sermo vulgaris or sermo vulgi to refer to the vernacular , referred to the speech they valued most and in which they wrote as latinitas, "Latinity", with the implication of good. Sometimes it was called sermo familiaris, "speech of the good families", sermo urbanus, "speech of the city" or rarely sermo nobilis, "noble speech". But besides latinitas, it was mainly called latine (adverb), "in good Latin", or latinius (comparative degree of the adverb), "good Latin".

Latinitas was spoken as well as written, and it was the language taught in schools. Prescriptive rules therefore applied to it, and where a special subject was concerned, such as poetry or rhetoric , additional rules applied. Now that the spoken Latinitas has become extinct (in favor of various other registers later in date) the rules of the, for the most part, polished (politus) texts may give these the appearance of an artificial language, but Latinitas was a form of sermo, or spoken language, and as such retains spontaneity. No texts by Classical Latin
Latin
authors are noted for the type of rigidity evidenced by stylized art, except possibly the repetitious abbreviations and stock phrases of inscriptions.

CONTENTS

* 1 Philological constructs

* 1.1 Classical * 1.2 Canonical * 1.3 Ages of Latin
Latin

* 2 Authors of the Golden Age

* 2.1 Republican * 2.2 Augustan

* 3 Authors of the Silver Age

* 3.1 IESVS NAZARENVS REX IVDAEORVM was written on the Placard on the Cross
Cross
* 3.2 Through the death of Trajan, 117 AD * 3.3 Through the death of Marcus Aurelius, 180 AD

* 4 Stylistic shifts * 5 See also * 6 Notes * 7 Bibliography * 8 External links

PHILOLOGICAL CONSTRUCTS

CLASSICAL

Good Latin
Latin
in philology is "classical" Latin
Latin
literature . The term refers to the canonicity of works of literature written in Latin
Latin
in the late Roman Republic
Roman Republic
and the early to middle Roman Empire
Roman Empire
: "that is to say, that of belonging to an exclusive group of authors (or works) that were considered to be emblematic of a certain genre." The term classicus (masculine plural classici) was devised by the Romans themselves to translate Greek ἐγκριθέντες (enkrithentes), "select", referring to authors who wrote in Greek that were considered model. Before then, classis, in addition to being a naval fleet, was a social class in one of the diachronic divisions of Roman society according to property ownership by the Roman constitution. The word is a transliteration of Greek κλῆσις (klēsis) "calling", used to rank army draftees by property from first to fifth class.

Classicus is anything primae classis, "first class", such as the authors of the polished works of Latinitas, or sermo urbanus. It had nuances of the certified and the authentic: testis classicus, "reliable witness." It was in this sense that Marcus Cornelius Fronto (an African -Roman lawyer and language teacher) in the 2nd century AD used scriptores classici, "first-class" or "reliable authors" whose works could be relied upon as model of good Latin. This is the first known reference, possibly innovated at this time, to classical applied to authors by virtue of the authentic language of their works.

CANONICAL

David Ruhnken
David Ruhnken

In imitation of the Greek grammarians, the Roman ones, such as Quintilian
Quintilian
, drew up lists termed indices or ordines on the model of the Greek lists, termed pinakes, considered classical: the recepti scriptores, "select writers." Aulus Gellius
Aulus Gellius
includes many authors, such as Plautus
Plautus
, who are currently considered writers of Old Latin and not strictly in the period of classical Latin. The classical Romans distinguished Old Latin
Latin
as prisca Latinitas and not sermo vulgaris. Each author (and work) in the Roman lists was considered equivalent to one in the Greek; for example Ennius
Ennius
was the Latin
Latin
Homer , the Aeneid
Aeneid
was a new Iliad
Iliad
, and so on. The lists of classical authors were as far as the Roman grammarians went in developing a philology . The topic remained at that point while interest in the classici scriptores declined in the medieval period as the best Latin yielded to medieval Latin
Latin
, somewhat less than the best by classical standards.

The Renaissance
Renaissance
brought a revival of interest in restoring as much of Roman culture as could be restored and with it the return of the concept of classic, "the best." Thomas Sébillet in 1548 (Art Poétique) referred to "les bons et classiques poètes françois", meaning Jean de Meun and Alain Chartier
Alain Chartier
, which was the first modern application of the word. According to Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, the term classical, from classicus, entered modern English in 1599, some 50 years after its re-introduction on the continent. Governor William Bradford in 1648 referred to synods of a separatist church as "classical meetings" in his Dialogue, a report of a meeting between New-England-born "young men" and "ancient men" from Holland and England. In 1715 Laurence Echard
Laurence Echard
's Classical Geographical Dictionary was published. In 1736 Robert Ainsworth 's Thesaurus Linguae Latinae Compendarius turned English words and expressions into "proper and classical Latin." In 1768 David Ruhnken
David Ruhnken
(Critical History of the Greek Orators) recast the mold of the view of the classical by applying the word canon to the pinakes of orators, after the Biblical canon or list of authentic books of the Bible. Ruhnken had a kind of secular catechism in mind.

AGES OF LATIN

Wilhelm Sigismund Teuffel

In 1870 Wilhelm Sigismund Teuffel in Geschichte der Römischen Literatur (A History of Roman Literature) innovated the definitive philological classification of classical Latin
Latin
based on the metaphoric uses of the ancient myth of the Ages of Man
Ages of Man
, a practice then universally current: a Golden Age and a Silver Age of classical Latin were to be presumed. The practice and Teuffel's classification, with modifications, are still in use. His work was translated into English as soon as published in German by Wilhelm Wagner, who corresponded with Teuffel. Wagner published the English translation in 1873. Teuffel divides the chronology of classical Latin
Latin
authors into several periods according to political events, rather than by style. Regarding the style of the literary Latin
Latin
of those periods he had but few comments.

Teuffel was to go on with other editions of his history, but meanwhile it had come out in English almost as soon as it did in German and found immediate favorable reception. In 1877 Charles Thomas Cruttwell produced the first English work along the same lines. In his Preface he refers to "Teuffel's admirable history, without which many chapters in the present work could not have attained completeness" and also gives credit to Wagner.

Cruttwell adopts the same periods with minor differences; however, where Teuffel's work is mainly historical, Cruttwell's work contains detailed analyses of style. Nevertheless, like Teuffel he encounters the same problem of trying to summarize the voluminous detail in a way that captures in brief the gist of a few phases of writing styles. Like Teuffel, he has trouble finding a name for the first of the three periods (the current Old Latin
Latin
phase), calling it mainly "from Livius to Sulla
Sulla
." The language, he says, is "…marked by immaturity of art and language, by a vigorous but ill-disciplined imitation of Greek poetical models, and in prose by a dry sententiousness of style, gradually giving way to a clear and fluent strength…" These abstracts have little meaning to those not well-versed in Latin literature. In fact, Cruttwell admits "The ancients, indeed, saw a difference between Ennius
Ennius
, Pacuvius , and Accius , but it may be questioned whether the advance would be perceptible by us."

Some of Cruttwell's ideas have become established in Latin
Latin
philology. While praising the application of rules to classical Latin, most intensely in the Golden Age, he says "In gaining accuracy, however, classical Latin
Latin
suffered a grievous loss. It became cultivated as distinct from a natural language… Spontaneity, therefore, became impossible and soon invention also ceased… In a certain sense, therefore, Latin
Latin
was studied as a dead language, while it was still a living."

A second problem is the appropriateness of Teuffel's scheme to the concept of classical Latin, which Teuffel does not discuss. Cruttwell addresses the problem, however, altering the concept of the classical. As the best Latin
Latin
is defined as golden Latin, the second of the three periods, the other two periods considered classical are left hanging. While on the one hand assigning to Old Latin
Latin
the term pre-classical and by implication the term post-classical (or post-Augustan) to silver Latin
Latin
Cruttwell realizes that this construct is not according to ancient usage and asserts "…the epithet classical is by many restricted to the authors who wrote in it . It is best, however, not to narrow unnecessarily the sphere of classicity; to exclude Terence on the one hand or Tacitus and Pliny on the other, would savour of artificial restriction rather than that of a natural classification." (This from a scholar who had just been complaining that golden Latin was not a natural language.) The contradiction remains; Terence
Terence
is and is not a classical author depending on context.

AUTHORS OF THE GOLDEN AGE

At Maecenas' Reception, oil, Stepan Bakalovich , 1890. An artist's view of the classical. Maecenas knew and entertained everyone literary in the Golden Age, especially Augustus.

After defining a "First Period" of inscriptional Latin
Latin
and the literature of the earliest known authors and fragments, to which he assigns no definitive name (he does use the term "Old Roman" at one point), Teuffel presents "the second period", his major, "das goldene Zeitalter der römischen Literatur", the Golden Age of Roman Literature, dated 671–767 AUC or 83 BC – 14 AD according to his time reckoning, between the dictatorship of Lucius Cornelius Sulla Felix and the death of the emperor Augustus
Augustus
. Of it Wagner translating Teuffel writes

The golden age of the Roman literature is that period in which the climax was reached in the perfection of form, and in most respects also in the methodical treatment of the subject-matters. It may be subdivided between the generations, in the first of which (the Ciceronian Age) prose culminated, while poetry was principally developed in the Augustan Age.

The Ciceronian Age was dated 671–711 AUC (83 BC – 43 BC), ending just after the death of M. Tullius Cicero, and the Augustan 711–67 AUC (43 BC – 14 AD), ending with the death of Augustus. The Ciceronian Age is further divided by the consulship of Cicero
Cicero
in 691 AUC or 63 BC into a first and second half. Authors are assigned to these periods by years of principal achievements.

The Golden Age had already made an appearance in German philology but in a less systematic way. In Bielfeld's 1770 Elements of universal erudition the author says (in translation): "The Second Age of Latin began about the time of Caesar , and ended with Tiberius. This is what is called the Augustan Age, which was perhaps of all others the most brilliant, a period at which it should seem as if the greatest men, and the immortal authors, had met together upon the earth, in order to write the Latin
Latin
language in its utmost purity and perfection." and of Tacitus "…his conceits and sententious style is not that of the golden age…". Teuffel evidently received the ideas of a golden and silver Latin
Latin
from an existing tradition and embedded them in a new system, transforming them as he thought best.

In Cruttwell's introduction, the Golden Age is dated 80 BC – 14 AD ("from Cicero
Cicero
to Ovid
Ovid
"), which is about the same as Teuffel's. Of this "Second Period" Cruttwell says that it "represents the highest excellence in prose and poetry," paraphrasing Teuffel. The Ciceronian Age is now "the Republican Period" and is dated 80–42 BC through the Battle of Philippi
Battle of Philippi
. Later in the book Cruttwell omits Teuffel's first half of the Ciceronian and starts the Golden Age at Cicero's consulship of 63 BC, an error perpetuated into Cruttwell's second edition as well. He must mean 80 BC as he includes Varro in Golden Latin. Teuffel's Augustan Age is Cruttwell's Augustan Epoch, 42 BC – 14 AD.

REPUBLICAN

Marcus Tullius Cicero
Cicero
, after whom Teuffel named his Ciceronian period of the Golden Age Julius Caesar
Julius Caesar

The literary histories list all authors canonical to the Ciceronian Age even though their works may be fragmentary or may not have survived at all. With the exception of a few major writers, such as Cicero, Caesar, Virgil
Virgil
and Catullus, ancient accounts of Republican literature are glowing accounts of jurists and orators who wrote prolifically but who now can't be read because their works have been lost, or analyses of language and style that appear insightful but can't be verified because there are no surviving instances. In that sense the pages of literary history are peopled with shadows: Aquilius Gallus, Quintus Hortensius Hortalus , Lucius Licinius Lucullus
Lucullus
and many others who left a reputation but no readable works; they are to be presumed in the Golden Age by their associations. A list of some canonical authors of the period, whose works have survived in whole or in part (typically in part, some only short fragments) is as follows:

* Marcus Terentius Varro
Marcus Terentius Varro
(116–27 BC), highly influential grammarian * Titus Pomponius Atticus (112/109 – 35/32), publisher and correspondent of Cicero * Marcus Tullius Cicero
Cicero
(106–43 BC), orator, philosopher, essayist, whose works define golden Latin
Latin
prose and are used in Latin curricula beyond the elementary level * Servius Sulpicius Rufus (106–43 BC), jurist, poet * Decimus Laberius (105–43 BC), writer of mimes * Marcus Furius Bibaculus (1st century BC), writer of ludicra * Gaius Julius Caesar
Julius Caesar
(103–44 BC), general, statesman, historian * Gaius Oppius (1st century BC), secretary to Julius Caesar, probable author under Caesar's name * Gaius Matius (1st century BC), public figure, correspondent with Cicero * Cornelius Nepos
Cornelius Nepos
(100–24 BC), biographer * Publilius Syrus (1st century BC), writer of mimes and maxims * Quintus Cornificius (1st century BC), public figure and writer on rhetoric * Titus Lucretius Carus (Lucretius; 94–50 BC), poet, philosopher * Publius Nigidius Figulus (98–45 BC), public officer, grammarian * Aulus Hirtius (90–43 BC), public officer, military historian * Gaius Helvius Cinna (1st century BC), poet * Marcus Caelius Rufus (87–48 BC), orator, correspondent with Cicero * Gaius Sallustius Crispus (86–34 BC), historian * Marcus Porcius Cato Uticensis (Cato the Younger; 95–46 BC), orator * Publius Valerius Cato (1st century BC), poet, grammarian * Gaius Valerius Catullus (Catullus; 84–54 BC), poet * Gaius Licinius Macer Calvus (82–47 BC), orator, poet

AUGUSTAN

Virgil's bust, on his tomb in Naples
Naples
Main article: Augustan literature (ancient Rome)

The Golden Age is divided by the assassination of Julius Caesar
Julius Caesar
. In the wars that followed the Republican generation of literary men was lost, as most of them had taken the losing side; Marcus Tullius Cicero was beheaded in the street as he enquired from his litter what the disturbance was. They were replaced by a new generation that had grown up and been educated under the old and were now to make their mark under the watchful eye of the new emperor. As the demand for great orators was more or less over, the talent shifted emphasis to poetry. Other than the historian Livy
Livy
, the most remarkable writers of the period were the poets Virgil
Virgil
, Horace
Horace
, and Ovid
Ovid
. Although Augustus evidenced some toleration to republican sympathizers, he exiled Ovid, and imperial tolerance ended with the continuance of the Julio-Claudian dynasty
Julio-Claudian dynasty
.

Augustan writers include:

* Publius Vergilius Maro (Virgil, spelled also as Vergil; 70 – 19 BC), * Quintus Horatius Flaccus (Horace; 65 – 8 BC), known for lyric poetry and satires * Sextus Aurelius Propertius
Propertius
(50 – 15 BC), poet * Albius Tibullus (54–19 BC), elegiac poet * Publius Ovidius Naso
Publius Ovidius Naso
(Ovid; 43 BC – AD 18), poet * Titus Livius (Livy; 64 BC – AD 12), historian * Grattius Faliscus (a contemporary of Ovid), poet * Marcus Manilius (1st century BC and AD), astrologer, poet * Gaius Julius Hyginus (64 BC – AD 17), librarian, poet, mythographer * Marcus Verrius Flaccus (55 BC – AD 20), grammarian, philologist, calendrist * Marcus Vitruvius
Vitruvius
Pollio (80-70 BC — after 15 BC), engineer, architect * Marcus Antistius Labeo (d. AD 10 or 11), jurist, philologist * Lucius Cestius Pius (1st century BC "> The frowning second emperor, Tiberius
Tiberius
, limited free speech, precipitating the rise of Silver Latin, with its emphasis on mannerism rather than on solid content, according to Teuffel's model

In his second volume, on the Imperial Period, Teuffel initiated a slight alteration in approach, making it clearer that his terms applied to the Latin
Latin
and not just to the age, and also changing his dating scheme from years AUC to modern. Although he introduces das silberne Zeitalter der römischen Literatur, "the Silver Age of Roman Literature", 14–117 AD, from the death of Augustus
Augustus
to the death of Trajan
Trajan
, he also mentions regarding a section of a work by Seneca the Elder a wenig Einfluss der silbernen Latinität, a "slight influence of silver Latin." It is clear that he had shifted in thought from golden and silver ages to golden and silver Latin, and not just Latin, but Latinitas, which must at this point be interpreted as classical Latin. He may have been influenced in that regard by one of his sources, E. Opitz, who in 1852 had published a title specimen lexilogiae argenteae latinitatis, mentioning silver Latinity. Although Teuffel's First Period was equivalent to Old Latin
Latin
and his Second Period was equal to the Golden Age, his Third Period, die römische Kaiserheit, encompasses both the Silver Age and the centuries now termed Late Latin
Latin
, in which the forms seemed to break loose from their foundation and float freely; that is, literary men appeared uncertain as to what "good Latin" should mean. The last of the Classical Latin
Latin
is the Silver Latin. The Silver Age is the first of the Imperial Period and is divided into die Zeit der julischen Dynastie, 14–68; die Zeit der flavischen Dynastie, 69–96; and die Zeit des Nerva und Trajan, 96–117. Subsequently, Teuffel goes over to a century scheme: 2nd, 3rd, etc., through 6th. His later editions (which came out in the rest of the late 19th century) divide the Imperial Age into parts: the 1st century (Silver Age), the 2nd century: Hadrian
Hadrian
and the Antonines
Antonines
and the 3rd through the 6th Centuries. Of the Silver Age proper, pointing out that anything like freedom of speech had vanished with Tiberius
Tiberius
, Teuffel says

…the continual apprehension in which men lived caused a restless versatility… Simple or natural composition was considered insipid; the aim of language was to be brilliant… Hence it was dressed up with abundant tinsel of epigrams, rhetorical figures and poetical terms… Mannerism
Mannerism
supplanted style, and bombastic pathos took the place of quiet power.

The content of new literary works was continually proscribed by the emperor (by executing or exiling the author), who also played the role of literary man (typically badly). The talent therefore went into a repertory of new and dazzling mannerisms, which Teuffel calls "utter unreality." Cruttwell picks up this theme:

The foremost of these is unreality, arising from the extinction of freedom… Hence arose a declamatory tone, which strove by frigid and almost hysterical exaggeration to make up for the healthy stimulus afforded by daily contact with affairs. The vein of artificial rhetoric, antithesis and epigram… owes its origin to this forced contentment with an uncongenial sphere. With the decay of freedom, taste sank… Marcus Aurelius
Marcus Aurelius
, emperor over the last generation of classicists and himself a classicist.

In Cruttwell's view (which had not been expressed by Teuffel), Silver Latin
Latin
was a "rank, weed-grown garden", a "decline." Cruttwell had already decried what he saw as a loss of spontaneity in Golden Latin. That Teuffel should regard the Silver Age as a loss of natural language and therefore of spontaneity, implying that the Golden Age had it, is passed without comment. Instead, Tiberius
Tiberius
brought about a "sudden collapse of letters." The idea of a decline had been dominant in English society since Edward Gibbon
Edward Gibbon
's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Once again, Cruttwell evidences some unease with his stock pronouncements: "The Natural History of Pliny shows how much remained to be done in fields of great interest." The idea of Pliny as a model is not consistent with any sort of decline; moreover, Pliny did his best work under emperors at least as tolerant as Augustus
Augustus
had been. To include some of the best writings of the Silver Age, Cruttwell found he had to extend the period through the death of Marcus Aurelius
Marcus Aurelius
, 180 AD. The philosophic prose of that good emperor was in no way compatible with either Teuffel's view of unnatural language or Cruttwell's depiction of a decline. Having created these constructs, the two philologists found they could not entirely justify them; apparently, in the worst implications of their views, there was no classical Latin
Latin
by the ancient definition at all and some of the very best writing of any period in world history was a stilted and degenerate unnatural language.

The Silver Age also furnishes the only two extant Latin
Latin
novels: Apuleius's The Golden Ass
The Golden Ass
and Petronius's Satyricon
Satyricon
.

Writers of the Silver Age include:

IESVS NAZARENVS REX IVDAEORVM WAS WRITTEN ON THE PLACARD ON THE CROSS

Perhaps history's greatest example of Classical Latin
Latin
was written by Pontius Pilate
Pontius Pilate
on the placard placed above the Cross
Cross
: IESVS NAZARENVS REX IVDAEORVM translated into Jesus the Nazarean the King of the Judeans.

THROUGH THE DEATH OF TRAJAN, 117 AD

Germanicus Caesar Ancient bust of Seneca, part of a double herm ( Antikensammlung Berlin )

* Aulus Cremutius Cordus (died AD 25), historian * Marcus Velleius Paterculus
Marcus Velleius Paterculus
(19 BC – 31 AD), military officer, historian * Valerius Maximus
Valerius Maximus
(1st century AD), rhetorician * Masurius Sabinus (1st century AD), jurist * Phaedrus (15 BC – AD 50), fabulist * Germanicus Julius Caesar
Julius Caesar
(15 BC – AD 19), royal family, imperial officer, translator * Aulus Cornelius Celsus
Aulus Cornelius Celsus
(25 BC – AD 50), physician, encyclopedist * Quintus Curtius Rufus
Quintus Curtius Rufus
(1st century AD), historian * Cornelius Bocchus (1st century AD), natural historian * Pomponius Mela
Pomponius Mela
(d. AD 45), geographer * Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4 BC – AD 65), educator, imperial advisor, philosopher, man of letters * Titus Calpurnius Siculus (1st century AD or possibly later), poet * Marcus Valerius Probus (1st century AD), literary critic * Tiberius
Tiberius
Claudius
Claudius
Caesar Augustus
Augustus
Germanicus (10 BC – AD 54), emperor, man of letters, public officer * Gaius Suetonius Paulinus
Gaius Suetonius Paulinus
(1st century AD), general, natural historian * Lucius Junius Moderatus Columella
Lucius Junius Moderatus Columella
(AD 2 – 70), military officer, agriculturalist * Quintus Asconius Pedianus (9 BC – 76 AD), historian, Latinist * Gaius Musonius Rufus
Gaius Musonius Rufus
(AD 20 – 101), stoic philosopher * Quintus Marcius Barea Soranus (1st century AD), imperial officer and public man * Gaius Plinius Secundus (AD 23 – 79), imperial officer and encyclopedist * Gaius Valerius Flaccus (1st century AD), epic poet * Tiberius
Tiberius
Catius Silius Italicus
Silius Italicus
(AD 28 – 103), epic poet * Gaius Licinius Mucianus (d. AD 76), general, man of letters * Lucilius Junior (1st century AD), poet * Aulus Persius Flaccus (34–62 AD), poet and satirist * Marcus Fabius Quintilianus (35–100 AD), rhetorician * Sextus Julius Frontinus
Sextus Julius Frontinus
(AD 40 – 103), engineer, writer * Marcus Annaeus Lucanus
Marcus Annaeus Lucanus
(AD 39 – 65), poet, historian * Publius Juventius Celsus Titus Aufidius Hoenius Severianus (1st and early 2nd centuries AD), imperial officer, jurist * Aemilius Asper (1st & 2nd centuries AD), grammarian, literary critic * Marcus Valerius Martialis
Marcus Valerius Martialis
(AD 40 – 104), poet, epigrammatist * Publius Papinius Statius
Publius Papinius Statius
(AD 45 – 96), poet * Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus (AD 62 – 114), attorney, magistrate, correspondent * Decimus Junius Juvenalis (1st & 2nd centuries AD), poet, satirist * Publius Annaeus Florus (1st & 2nd centuries AD), poet, rhetorician and probable author of the epitome of Livy
Livy
* Velius Longus (1st & 2nd centuries AD), grammarian, literary critic * Flavius Caper (1st others find other "exceptions," recasting Teuffels's view. Sketch of Apuleius
Apuleius

* Gaius Suetonius
Suetonius
Tranquillus (70/75 – after 130 AD), biographer * Marcus Junianus Justinus (2nd century AD), historian * Lucius Octavius Cornelius Publius Salvius Julianus
Salvius Julianus
Aemilianus (AD 110 – 170), imperial officer, jurist * Sextus Pomponius (2nd century AD), jurist * Quintus Terentius Scaurus (2nd century AD), grammarian, literary critic * Aulus Gellius
Aulus Gellius
(125 – after 180 AD), grammarian, polymath * Lucius Apuleius
Apuleius
Platonicus (123/125–180 AD), novelist * Marcus Cornelius Fronto (AD 100 – 170), advocate, grammarian * Gaius Sulpicius Apollinaris (2nd century AD), educator, literary commentator * Granius Licinianus (2nd century AD), writer * Lucius Ampelius (2nd century AD), educator * Gaius (AD 130 – 180), jurist * Lucius Volusius Maecianus (2nd century AD), educator, jurist * Marcus Minucius Felix (d. AD 250), apologist of Christianity, "the first Christian work in Latin" (Teuffel) * Sextus Julius Africanus (2nd century AD), Christian historian * Marcus Aurelius
Marcus Aurelius
Antoninus Augustus
Augustus
(121–180 AD, stoic philosopher, Emperor in Latin, essayist in ancient Greek , role model of the last generation of classicists (Cruttwell)

STYLISTIC SHIFTS

The style of language refers to repeatable features of speech that are somewhat less general than the fundamental characteristics of the language. The latter give it a unity allowing it to be referenced under a single name. Thus Old Latin, Classical Latin, Vulgar Latin
Latin
, etc., are not considered different languages, but are all referenced under the name of Latin
Latin
. This is an ancient practice continued by moderns rather than a philological innovation of recent times. That Latin
Latin
had case endings is a fundamental feature of the language. Whether a given form of speech prefers to use prepositions such as ad, ex, de for "to", "from" and "of" rather than simple case endings is a matter of style. Latin
Latin
has a large number of styles. Each and every author has a style, which typically allows his prose or poetry to be identified by experienced Latinists. The problem of comparative literature has been to group styles finding similarities by period, in which case one may speak of Old Latin, Silver Latin, Late Latin
Latin
as styles or a phase of styles.

The ancient authors themselves first defined style by recognizing different kinds of sermo, or "speech." In making the value judgement that classical Latin
Latin
was "first class" and that it was better to write with Latinitas they were themselves selecting the literary and upper-class language of the city as a standard style and all sermo that differed from it was a different style; thus in rhetoric Cicero was able to define sublime, intermediate and low styles (within classical Latin) and St. Augustine to recommend the low style for sermons (from sermo). Style, therefore, is to be defined by differences in speech from a standard. Teuffel defined that standard as Golden Latin.

John Edwin Sandys , for many decades an authority on Latin
Latin
style, summarizes the differences between Golden and Silver Latin
Latin
as follows. Silver Latin
Latin
is to be distinguished by

* "an exaggerated conciseness and point" * "occasional archaic words and phrases derived from poetry" * "increase in the number of Greek words in ordinary use" (the Emperor Claudius
Claudius
in Suetonius
Suetonius
refers to "both our languages", Latin and Greek ) * "literary reminiscences" * "The literary use of words from the common dialect" (dictare and dictitare as well as classical dicere, "to say")

SEE ALSO

* Classic
Classic
* Classical antiquity
Classical antiquity
* Classics
Classics
* Latin
Latin
* Latin
Latin
literature * Social class in ancient Rome
Social class in ancient Rome

NOTES

* ^ When rarely used in English, the term is capitalized: Latinitas. In Latin
Latin
it was written all in uppercase: LATINITAS, as were all words in Latin. * ^ Citroni 2006 , p. 204. * ^ Citroni 2006 , p. 205. * ^ Citroni 2006 , p. 206, reported in Aulus Gellius
Aulus Gellius
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