By Oswald Sobrino, J.D.; M.A. (Econ.); M.A. (Theo.); M.L. (Master of Latin), doctoral student, University of Florida.

Friday, May 24, 2013

The Spanish School of Latin Literature

It is wonderful that so many old books lying in libraries throughout our great universities have been digitized. Below is a facsimile of an old 1908 edition by a Professor Edwin Post of the Selected Epigrams of Martial digitized at the University of Michigan by Google. When you read the very first paragraph, you will see what I mean by the Spanish School of Latin Literature.

Hispanic culture is ancient and very Roman.

Here is the relevant digitized text plus an easier-to-read reproduction of paragraph one for your convenience:

1. It is a fact at once striking and suggestive that very few of the great representatives of Latin literature were born and bred in Rome; they came from the Italian towns and country districts, nay, in many cases, from the outlying provinces. Of these provinces Spain furnished more than her share of the men who gave distinction to the literature of Rome. M. Annaeus Seneca, the rhetorician, L. Annaeus Seneca, the philosopher, his more brilliant son, and Lucan, nephew of the latter, were all born at Cordoba, Quintilian at Calagurris, Martial at Bilbilis. These writers, with others of lesser note, such as Columella and Pomponius Mela, almost constitute a Spanish school of Latin literature.