Very little remains of the ritualistic songs and the native poetry of the Romans and Latins before the rise of a literature. The history of the Roman Empire is fundamental to the fabric of this literature: in the first three centuries of its development, the influence of captive Greece was all-pervasive.
Sections in this article:
- The Development of a Classical Style
- Post-classical Literature
- The Renaissance
- Later Latin Literature
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