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The Classical Tradition: Greek and Roman Influences on Western Literature
     

The Classical Tradition: Greek and Roman Influences on Western Literature

by Gilbert Highet
 

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This landmark book explores the ways in which the Greco-Roman tradition has shaped modern European and American literature.

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This landmark book explores the ways in which the Greco-Roman tradition has shaped modern European and American literature.

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"Solidly grounded and solidly built...[Highet] deals with every period, every movement, every individual, and every separate work as an interesting special case for which he tries to find the special explanation."—The New Yorker

"An excellent outline...[an] intelligent, erudite, perceptive interpretation...a book for the times."—The Nation

"It is Highet's appreciate of good literature...which gives a special charm to his book...[It] will be read with gratitude by many."—Times Literary Supplement

"Having reread Gilbert Highet's The Classical Tradition, I am once again under its spell. The book, like Curtius' European Literature and the Latin Middle Ages, is a monument to a certain moment of mid-20th-century classicism, deeply humane, fundamentally conservative, committed to putting back together what seemed like the shattered pieces of Western civilization in the wake of Nazi barbarism. It is its vast scope, its capacious overview, that gives it its power."—Stephen Greenblatt, Harvard University

"More than sixty years after Gilbert Highet's book first appeared, it remains the best single guide to the whole afterlife of Greek and Latin literature. The Classical Tradition does full justice to the complexity of this millenial story: Highet shows us both how ancient books shaped later readers, and how medieval and modern writers used classical elements to build their own, distinctive literatures. Learned, epigrammatic, and humanely opinionated, Highet's book is as readable as it is comprehensive."—Anthony Grafton, Princeton University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199878369
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
11/21/1985
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
19 MB
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Meet the Author

Gilbert Highet (1906-1978) was Professor of Greek and Latin and Anthon Professor of Latin Language and Literature at Columbia University.

Harold Bloom is Sterling Professor of Humanities at Yale University.

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