Classical Literature: A Concise History / Edition 1

Classical Literature: A Concise History / Edition 1

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by Richard Rutherford
     
 

This accessible one-volume survey of the literature of Greece and Rome covers the period between Homer, around 700 bc, and Augustine, around ad 410. It highlights what is important historically and what is of continuing interest and value in the literature of classical antiquity.

The author’s introduction sets out essential preliminary material concerning

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This accessible one-volume survey of the literature of Greece and Rome covers the period between Homer, around 700 bc, and Augustine, around ad 410. It highlights what is important historically and what is of continuing interest and value in the literature of classical antiquity.

The author’s introduction sets out essential preliminary material concerning the history of the ancient world, the nature of literary genres and the transmission of texts. Each subsequent chapter is concerned with a particular genre or aspect of literature, and traces the development of that genre over time. This structure allows the reader to see continuities between different periods and to move easily between the Greek and Roman worlds. Extensive quotations in English, a timeline and an index of authors help to make the material as accessible as possible.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631231325
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
08/30/2004
Series:
Blackwell Introductions to the Classical World Series
Pages:
372
Product dimensions:
7.87(w) x 9.84(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

1Epic19
2Drama49
3Rhetoric77
4History, biography, fiction104
5Erotic literature146
6Literature and power173
7Aspects of wit199
8Thinkers230
9Believers265
App. 1Translations of four longer passages297
App. 2Timeline306
App. 3List of Roman emperors313
App. 4Major Greek and Roman gods315

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