Latin Literature on the Web

 The first version of this link list was online in 1998 – see the German version. Last revision December 2017.

Content of this page:

Ambrosius  ♠  Augustinus  ♠  Ap(p)uleius  ♠  Augustus  ♠  Ausonius  ♠  Bible  ♠  Boethius  ♠  Caesar   ♠  Carmina Burana  ♠  Cato (M. Porcius Cato Censorius)  ♠  Catull  ♠  Cicero  ♠  Disticha Catonis  ♠  Aulus Gellius  ♠  Horaz  ♠  Livy  ♠  Lukan (M. Annaeus Lucanus)  ♠  Lucrece (T. Lucretius Carus)  ♠  Martial  ♠  Ovid   ♠  Phaedrus

This is not all there is. Links to some other authors will follow in due time…



Latin text: Hymns, Bibliotheca Augustana  ♠  The Latin Library  ♠  Translation  (



Apuleius of Madaura (the exact name is unknown), born 125 A.D.

Texts And Translations

PHI Latin Texts  ♠  Bibliotheca Augustana  ♠  Peri Hermeneias (Peter King’s Website, ed. Moreschini 1991; some authors regard this work as spurious)  ♠  Perseus  ♠  The Latin Library: texts of uncertain origin

Translation: Apologia and Florida, Project Gutenberg, translator: Butler, 1909


Aurelius Augustinus, 354-430 A.D.

Augustinus, Kanzel am Stephansdom
St. Augustine, pulpit, Stephansdom

Portrait of St. Augutustine at the pulpit of St. Stephan’s Cathedral, Vienna (Stephansdom Wien). Publication of this picture with friendly permission by the Church Office, Stephan’s Cathedral (Kirchenmeisteramt, Vienna). The authorship of this sculpture is highly disputed; for a long time, Anton Pilgram was regarded as the artist, but today sculptors working together with Niclas Gerhaert van Leyden are seen as the authors. The portraits at the pulpit were created ca. 1480. See: Wien Geschichte Wiki about Anton Pilgram.
Further reading: Martin Büchsel: Die wachsame Müdigkeit des Alters. Realismus als rhetorisches Mittel im Spätmittelalter, in: Artibus et Historiae 46 (2002), pp. 21-35

Texts, commentaries and Translations


Open Access Journal

The online journal Etica & Politica (2007) treats the topic Augustine and Justice. The essays are written in English, French, Italian and German.


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It is not easy to find out Augustus‘ correct name. He was born in 63. B.C. as C. Octavius. When talking about the time before he took the title Augustus in 27 B.C., he commonly is named as Octavianus, although he never used this name himself. Probably, he avoided this name for the reason  that the syllable  -an- that was added to the nomen gentile was proof of an adoption. It is important to understand that Augustus/Octavianus was adopted in 44. B.C. by C. Iulius Caesar (see below), his grand-uncle, in his testament. In the years and months to follow he called himself C. Iulius Caesar or C. Iulius Caesar divi filius (the son of the Divine). In the Philippics, Cicero always calls him Caesar.  However, in his letters to his friends, Cicero uses the name Octavianus (e. g. Epistulae ad Atticum Augustus died in 14 A.D.

Augustus mit der Eichenkrone, Glyptothek München
Augustus with the corona civica, Glyptothek München

editions of Res gestae

PHI Latin Texts   ♠  John Paul Adams: Res Gestae in a good edition  ♠  The Latin Library  ♠  Perseus without information on the edition.
See also: Suetonius, Vita Caesarum, Augustus,  PHI Latin Texts  ♠  LCL 1913  Lacus Curtius




Augustus at Rome

Augustus and the Forum Romanum

Das project Digitales Forum Romanum ( combines a reconstruktionen of the Forum Romanum with descriptions of the buildings and of their history. These pages are helpful to understand Augustus‘ politics:

  • on the temple of Caesar – as a triumvir, Augustus used this temple to pay tribute to C.Iulius Caesar. In later times, he displayed his political and military triumphs;
  • on the Rostra Augusti – the central speaker’s platform
  • on the Columnae rostratae Augusti – the honorary colums of Augustus

Augustus‘ palace and the Apollon Temple on the Palatine hill

AReste des Apoll-Tempels auf dem Ppalatin
Remains of the temple of Apollo at the Palatine hill

In 28.B.C., a temple for the god Apollon, planned by Augustus, was dedicated in near vicinity to Augustus‘ palace at the palatin. Further information (and pictures): Wikipedia and The Guardian.

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Decimus Ausonius (ca. 310-394 A.D.)
Mosella at Perseus  ♠  at Latin Library  ♠  at Bibliotheca Augustana


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Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius, ca. 480 A.D. – 524 A.D.


Various works at Peter King’s Website  ♠  Bibliotheca Augustana   ♠  Perseus

 Essays and commentaries

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C. Iulius Caesar (100 B.C.-44 B.C.)

Texts and commentaries

Dickinson College Commentaries: Excerpts of book I of De bello Gallico.  ♠   PHI Latin Texts (De bello Gallico: ed. O. Seel 1961)  ♠  ForumRomanum (ed. Holmes 1914)  ♠  Perseus, De bello Gallico  (ed. Holmes 1914) and De bello civili  ♠  The Latin Library

Carmina Burana


Bibliotheca Augustana   ♠  Wikipedia – a useful introduction into this medieval collection of poems


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M. Porcius Cato (Censorius), 234 B.C. – 149 B.C.

Text: De agri cultura

PHI Latin Texts, ed. A. Mazzarino 1982  ♠  The Latin Library  ♠  Edition by William Harris mit introduction,


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C. Valerius Catullus. The exact dates of his life are uncertain: ca. 87/85 B.C. – (not later than) 55 B.C.


Scholarly editions
      • Critical edition at Musisque Deoque. Reference basis text: W. Eisenhut (1983), electronic edition: G. Maggiali, I. Turrini (2009)
      • The website  Catullus Online collects all the available conjectures and variants to Catulls poems. The authors show how a critical online edition can be organized.
      • PHI Latin Library
Other editions

Bibliotheca Augustana, with metres   ♠  Perseus  ♠  The Latin Library  ♠  Carmina with a conkordance:  ♠  Carmina at VROma, with translation in English and commentaries in hyperlinks  ♠    Text and commentary, W. Harris

Scuola Statale Valerio Catullo in Verona
Scuola Statale Valerio Catullo at Verona

The Scuola Media Statale Valerio Catulla at Catull’s birth place Verona was built in the Brutalism style. It does not convey much of the poet’s playful genius in its architecture.


In his Website, Rudy Negenborn collects  translations to Catull‘ poems from more than 30 languages; the quality of these translations varies.  ♠
Lexicon: Wikipedia
Bibliography: A Hellenistic Bibliography


H.J.Walkers: The social set of Catullus: VRoma


Elektronic book: William Fitzgerald: Catullan Provocations. Lyric Poetry and the Drama of Position, Berkeley / Los Angeles / Oxford 1996


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Aulus Cornelius Celsus. The dates of his life are uncertain: 1.century B.C.; reign of Tiberius

De Medicina at  Bibliotheca Augustana and Perseus


M. Tullius Cicero, 106 v. Chr. – 43 v. Chr.


Texts with commentaries


Find out more at the German version of this page.

Disticha Catonis

The Disticha Catonis (also referred to as Dicta Catonis) is a collection of sentences, dated to the 3. or 4. century A.D. You can find an edition of the text at M.Baldzuhn’s website.
For further information se Forschungsprojekt zu den Disticha Catonis and Wikipedia.
Text and  translation at J.O’Donnell’s website, Georgetown University. As the hyperlinks are partly wrong, here you can find the correct links:

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Aulus Gellius

Aulus Gellius wrote his Noctes Atticae in 2nd century A.D., perhaps around 165.
Text PHI Latin Library (ed. Marshall 1968)  ♠  Bibliotheca Augustana  ♠  Latin Library (incomplete)  ♠  Perseus, ed. Rolfe 1927  ♠   With translation Lacus Curtius (B.Thayer; LCL 1927).
See also Wikipedia.

About the ‚Sophism of Euathlos‘ (NA 5,10; PHI Latin Library) there is an interesting article at Wikipedia. See also  Piotr Lukowski: Paradoxes (Springer 2011); excerpts at  Google Books.


Q. Horatius Flaccus, 65 B.C. – 8 B.C.


PHI Latin Texts, ed. Klingner 1959  ♠  Musis Deoque (Carmina: ed. Klingner 1959; critical edition)  ♠  Bibliotheca Augustana  ♠  Perseus  ♠  The Latin Library


Poetry in Translation (A.S.Kline)   ♠   John Dryden, Works, Vol. 12, (content page and translation) About Dryden as a translator of Horace’s Odes see The Guardian   ♠     Perseus offers a translation from 1882 (John Conington)


  • Lorenz Rumpf: Caelum ipsum petimus stultitia. Zur poetologischen Deutung von Horaz‘ c.1,3 ( Rheinisches Museum 2009)
  • Ulrich Schmitzer: Der Maecenaskreis macht einen Ausflug, oder: Wie Horaz die Politik zur Privatsache macht (2009), Propylaeum.DOK, URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:16-propylaeumdok-18333
  • Ulrich Schmitzer: Von Wölfen und Lämmern (Hor. epod. 4), Propylaeum.DOK, URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:16-propylaeumdok-1985
  • Michael Hendry: Three Problems in the Cleopatra Ode, Classical Journal 88.2 (1992) Curculio
  • Michael Hendry: The Marriage of Greece and Rome in Horace, Epistles 2.1 and Epodes 8 and 12, Curculio
  • Olivier Thévenaz: Échos de Sappho et éléments nuptiaux dans les Odes d’Horace, Dictynna 4.2007
    Benedikt Melters: Totus in illis. Anmerkungen zur kompositorischen Kohärenz von Hor. Sat. 1,9., Rheinisches Museum 2011
  • Jürgen Paul Schwindt: Rom und der Osten oder Von der Schwierigkeit, sich zu orientieren (von Catulls Odyssee zu Horaz‘ Aeneis), Dictynna 2012



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Titus Livius, ca. 59 B.C. – 17 A.D.


      • PHI Latin Texts, ed. Conway, Walters, Weissenborn
      • Perseus – to see the list of his works, you have to click the blue arrow.
        Examples:  books 1-5, ed. Conway/Walters Oxford 1914   ♠    books 1-10, ed. Weissenborn/Müller 1898   ♠     books 6-10,  ed. Conway/Walters    ♠   books 21-25,  ed. Conway/Walters 1929     ♠    books 23-25,  ed. F. G. Moore   1940   ♠   books 21-30, ed. Weissenborn/Müller 1884     ♠     books 31-38,  ed. Weissenborn/Müller
      • The Latin Library → Beware of the inaccuracy: periochae are not by Livy.

Translations translation by Spillan, 1853     ♠    books 23-25 by F.G.Moore

Statue of Livy at the parliament in Vienna
Statue of Livy at the parliament in Vienna


Peter Paul Rubens: The Decius Mus Cycle, electronic book by Reinhold Baumstark, download at Metropolitan Museum of Art

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M. Annaeus Lucanus, 39 A.D. – 65 A.D.

Editionen of Bellum Civile

 MusisDeoque: critical edition after A. Bourgery – M. Ponchont (1967)  ♠  PHI Latin Texts, ed. A.E.Housman 1927  ♠  Bibliotheca Augustana (ed. Housman)  ♠    Perseus  offers an edition from 1835    ♠  The Latin Library


J.D.Duff, 1928, LCL (

Die Porträtbüste des Lukan in Cordoba
Lukanus portrait at Cordoba, Plaza Elie J Nahmias

Commentaries and Essays

Bibliography, Universität Mainz

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T.  Lucretius Carus, ca. 97 v. Chr. – 55 v. Chr.

Editions of De rerum natura

MusisDeoque  ♠  PHI Latin Texts, ed. Martin 1969  ♠  Bibliotheca Augustana  ♠  Perseus  ♠  The Latin Library



…  VRoma



      • Jacques Poucet: Introduction, Bibliotheca Classica Selecta
      • Michael Erler: Leben wie ein Gott auf Erden. Epikur oder: Wie man glücklich wird. Neun Anmerkungen zu einem antiken Lehrer, DIE ZEIT 1999


M. Valerius Martialis, ca. 40 n. Chr. – 103/104


Bibliotheca Augustana  ♠  Musis Deoque: Epigrammata 1 (Please use the link About to see the other books)  ♠  Perseus (ed. Heraeus/Borovskij 1925/1976)  ♠    Bibliotheca Augustana

Electronik book: Jens Leberl: Domitian und die Dichter. Poesie als Medium der Herrschaftsdarstellung, Göttingen 2004 bei Digi20

Peter Habermehl: Martial – didaktisch. Plädoyer für die schulische Nutzanwendung eines ‚unerwarteten Klassikers‘, in: Pegasus-Onlinezeitschrift 2006

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P. Ovidius Naso, 43 v. Chr.- 17/18 n. Chr.
Links to Metamorphoses will follow later.
Bibliographies at KIRKE

Ars amatoria


      • Links at  Landesbildungsserver Baden-Württemberg
      • Jörg Hoffmann: Medeae Medea forem! : zur Euripidesrezeption Ovids in den Heroides, Online Thesis 2009, Universität Mainz, URN: urn:nbn:de:hebis:77-34106
      • Thea Selliaas Thorsen: Scribentis imagines in Ovidian Authorship and Scholarship. A study of the Epistula Sapphus (Heroides 15), Online-Dissertation, 2006 Universität Bergen, Norwegen
      • Heroides, Amores and other love elegies: Liveley, Genvieve / Salzman-Mitchell, Patricia (eds.): Latin Elegy and Narratology. Fragments of Story, Columbus [Ohio] 2008, complete Download at Knowledge Base

Google Art Project: Tizian, Bacchus and Ariadne, ca. 1520
Canova, Achilles übergibt Briseis an Agamemnos Boten


Dickinson College Commentaries: commentary. See also BMCR.
Further links at Landesbildungsserver.


Tristia 1,3: Die Nacht des Abschieds, text and translation at Landesbildungsserver 

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Phaedrus, 1.  century A.D.


The Latin Library  ♠  Packard Humanities Institute, ed. Guaglianone 1969  ♠  Musis deoque, ed. Perry 1965  ♠

There is more to follow at some later time…