Literature of the Roman world


3rd century BCE Gnaeus Naevius writes epic poems and dramas based on Greek models, but in Latin and about Roman mythology and history.

c.200 BCE Quintus Ennius’s epic Annals tells the history of Rome following the fall of Troy.

c.80 BCE Cicero’s oratory as a lawyer marks the beginning of the “Golden Age” of Latin literature, which lasts until the death of Ovid in 17 or 18 CE.


1st century BCE Horace’s poetry includes the Odes, the Satires, and the Epodes.

c.8 CE Ovid’s narrative poem Metamorphoses is published.

2nd century Apuleius writes the irreverent Metamorphoses, also known as The Golden Ass ...

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