Ancient Greek Literature

Ancient Greek Literature

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by Tim Whitmarsh
     
 

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This book offers an innovative new introduction to ancient Greek literature. The volume integrates cutting-edge cultural theory with the latest research in classical scholarship, providing a comprehensive, sophisticated and accessible account of literature from Homer to late antiquity. Whitmarsh offers new readings of some of the best-known and most influential

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This book offers an innovative new introduction to ancient Greek literature. The volume integrates cutting-edge cultural theory with the latest research in classical scholarship, providing a comprehensive, sophisticated and accessible account of literature from Homer to late antiquity. Whitmarsh offers new readings of some of the best-known and most influential authors of Greek antiquity, including Sophocles, Euripides, Herodotus, Aristophanes and Plato, as well as introducing many lesser-known figures. Unlike conventional narrative histories, this volume focuses on the profound effects of literature within Greek society. Whitmarsh shows that literature, distributed via a range of social institutions, such as festivals, theatres, symposia and book production, played an important role in the legitimization – and challenging – of ideologies of gender, class and cultural identity.

Ancient Greek Literature will be essential reading for all students of classics. All texts in the volume are translated, and no knowledge of ancient Greek literature is assumed.

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"The book is indeed cutting edge or on the forefront of Greekliterature studies and, as such, it is representative of theclassics tripos at Cambridge University ... Ancient GreekLiterature is an intelligent and stimulating book forundergraduates and also for scholars, who sometimes need to seeagain the forest for the trees. TW puts his finger nicely on theissues that matter in reading Greek literature and succeeds well inpresenting this huge corpus of material succinctly in around twohundred pages. This is a precise and excellent presentation thatwill enrich any undergraduate's course of study in Greekwriting."
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

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745627922
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
08/28/2004
Series:
PCHL-Polity Cultural History of Literature Series, #9
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
296
Sales rank:
1,402,016
Product dimensions:
6.05(w) x 9.05(h) x 0.92(d)

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