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Roman writers were heavily influenced by Greek literature. Early Latin writers translated and adapted Greek forms for Roman audiences, beginning after the 1st Punic War (264-241) with Livius Andronicus (284-204? B.C.) whose works have not survived. In turn, Shakespearean comedy is indebted to the early Latin playwright Plautus. Over time, the Latin writers developed their own genres, most notable of which is satire.

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and this slow and weighty movement seems to have been the general character of his metre in the calmer parts of his dramas. But in a large number of the fragments of the dialogue, where there is any excitement of feeling or intensity of thought, we find him using the more rapid trochaic septenarian, with quick transitions to the anapaestic dimeter, or tetrameter, as the passion passes beyond the control of the speaker.

(3) But the poem which was the chief result of his life, and made an epoch in Latin literature, was the Annals. On the composition of this work he rested his hopes of popular and permanent fame--

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Roman writers were heavily influenced by Greek literature. Early Latin writers translated and adapted Greek forms for Roman audiences, beginning after the 1st Punic War (264-241) with Livius Andronicus (284-204? B.C.) whose works have not survived. In turn, Shakespearean comedy is indebted to the early Latin playwright Plautus. Over time, the Latin writers developed their own genres, most notable of which is satire.

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