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Who was the leading Roman lyric poet of the time of Augustus

Quintus Horatius Flaccus (Horace)



What were his three major works

Publius Vergilius Maro (Virgil)

the Eclogues (or Bucolics)

the Georgics

Aeneid (the national epic of ancient Rome)



Who wrote the Metamorphoses

the Augustan poet

Publius Ovidius Naso (Ovid)



What are the three major collection of poetry by Ovid

Heriodes (The Heroines)

Amores (The Loves)

Ars Amatoria (The Art of Love)



Who wrote the Satires

Decimus lunius luvenalis (Juvenal)


Who wrote 'On the Nature of the Universe'

Titus Lucretius Carus (Lucretius)


What [according to legend] killed Aeschylus

An eagle dropped a tortoise on his head mistaking it for a stone


Who wrote the Sermones and Epistles

what was his caustic iambic poetry?


the Epodes


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Marcus Tullius Cicero (106BC-43BC)

Famous for his orations and philosophy

Cicero introduced the Romans to the chief schools of Greek philosophy



Whose influence on the Latin language was so immense that the subsequent history of prose in not only Latin but European languages up to the 19th century was said to be either a reaction against or a return to his style.

According to Polish historian Tadeusz Zieliński, "Renaissance was above all things a revival of xxxx, and only after him and through him of the rest of Classical antiquity."



Who was the memory master famed for the incident of the collapsed banquetting hall

The story of Simonides of Ceos and the collapsing banquet hall.

Simonides relied on remembered seating arrangements to call to mind the faces of recently deceased guests


Quintilian's statue in Calahorra, La Rioja, Spain

Marcus Fabius Quintilianus (c. 35 – c. 100) was a Roman rhetorician from Hispania, widely referred to in medieval schools of rhetoric and in Renaissance writing. In English translation, he is usually referred to as Quintilian, although the alternate spellings of Quintillian and Quinctilian are occasionally seen, the latter in older texts.


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Publius (or Gaius) Cornelius Tacitus (56AD-117AD)

Was a senator and a historian of the Roman Empire. The surviving portions of his two major works—the Annals and the Histories—examine the reigns of the Roman Emperors Tiberius, Claudius, Nero, and those who reigned in the Year of the Four Emperors (AD 69).


Who wrote 'Parallel Lives' and 'Moralia'

Lucius Mestrius Plutarchus aka Plutarch (AD46-AD120)


How as Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus better known, and who was he

Suetonius ( 69 – after 122 AD)

A Roman historian belonging to the equestrian order who wrote during the early Imperial era of the Roman Empire.

His most important surviving work is a set of biographies of twelve successive Roman rulers, from Julius Caesar to Domitian, entitled De Vita Caesarum.


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Herodotus (484BC-425BC)

from Halicarnasus

Widely referred to as "The Father of History" (first conferred by Cicero),


Whose masterpiece was 'The Histories'



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What book is also referred to as 'The Song of Illium'?

What is it about


The Iliad

set during  the Trojan War (Troy is known as Illium)

it tells of the battles and events during the weeks of a quarrel between King Agamemnon and the warrior Achilles (covering only a few weeks in the final year of the war)




What is the 'Odyssey' about?

What is its lost sequel

It is, in part, a sequel to the Iliad

The poem mainly centers on the Greek hero Odysseus (known as Ulysses in Roman myths) and his journey home after the fall of Troy. It takes Odysseus ten years to reach Ithaca after the ten-year Trojan War.

In his absence, it is assumed he has died, and his wife Penelope and son Telemachus must deal with a group of unruly suitors, the Mnesteres or Proci, who compete for Penelope's hand in marriage.

The Telegony is a lost ancient Greek epic poem about Telegonus, son of Odysseus by Circe. His name ("born far away") is indicative of his birth on Aeaea, far from Odysseus' home of Ithaca. It was part of the Epic Cycle of poems that recounted the myths not only of the Trojan War but also of the events that led up to and followed the war. The story of the Telegony comes chronologically after that of the Odyssey, and is the final episode in the Epic Cycle.


What is the name of the collection of Ancient Greek epic poems that related the story of the Trojan War

What are the key 6 non-Homeric constituents

The Epic Cycle

the Cypria, the Aethiopis, the so-called Little Iliad, the Iliupersis, the Nostoi, and the Telegony. (They only survive in fragments)


Why does Odysesseus trip so long

His hubris

He tricks and blinds the cyclops

On departure he gloats, leading the cyclops to through a mountain top at him and get his dad Poseiden to punish him - hence a long trip.