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Continuity Through Appropriation?

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By bringing together specialists from different fields in Latin studies, the author hopes to throw some light on the different forms in which appropriation helped to define the history of Latin literature. He also hopes that by ignoring the traditional boundaries that have grown between the specialisms, he might start a reflection on what the study of Latin literature as a whole might contribute. Recent developments in the academic field are not encouraging. He can detect a growing tendency towards ever-greater specialization. Coupled to a widening gap between the different scientific communities, this evolution is probably not for the best. It generates interesting and very detailed studies, worked within well-defined perimeters - contributions to the literature, so to speak, but which make it more than difficult to reflect at a more conceptual level on the needs and desiderata of Latin studies.

Keywords: appropriation; Latin literature



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