Labor and Laborer in Latin Poetry: The Case of the Moretum

@article{Fitzgerald1996LaborAL,
  title={Labor and Laborer in Latin Poetry: The Case of the Moretum},
  author={William Fitzgerald},
  journal={Arethusa},
  year={1996},
  volume={29},
  pages={389 - 418}
}
For most sections of the Roman population we possess no written account of their lives and experience as they themselves saw it: there are no slave narratives, no diaries, and no laborer poets from ancient Rome. 1 At the most we have inscriptions left by those commemorating the dead which tell us something about how the laboring poor, slave, freed or free, chose to identify themselves. 2 But these are extremely brief and formulaic and represent almost exclusively the urban population; the… CONTINUE READING

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