Bryn Mawr Classical Review
"We have long needed an up-to-date survey of Greek literature asan expression of Greek culture, and Whitmarsh has provided us withan outstanding introduction. He covers a wide range of texts, andemploys the latest methods of literary and cultural analysis. Hismastery of these approaches is apparent on every page, as heelegantly discusses questions of class, gender, the public versusthe private sphere, oral versus written traditions, and muchelse."
David Konstan, Brown University
"Ancient Greek Literature is a scintillating discussionof the central issues and themes that cluster around literarytexts. Whitmarsh's own literary style is aptly pungent, witty andprobing, and his focus on texts as battlegrounds of powerrelationships or sites of social dispute will surely prove asprovocative and challenging as it is intended to be. Among his manyother original findings is his notion of the "archive": that is,the creation, from the fifth century BCE onwards, of a defined bodyof texts and set of institutions devoted to fostering the Greeks' sense of literature's central place in defining their identity. Thechronological discussion is complemented by four thematic chaptersthat systematically explore the topics of cultural identity, theplace allocated to women, gender issues and images of thesubordinated classes of the poor and unfree."
Paul Cartledge, University of Cambridge