Classics: A Very Short Introduction [NOOK Book]

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This Very Short Introduction to Classics links a haunting temple on a lonely mountainside to the glory of ancient Greece and the grandeur of Rome, and to Classics within modern culture-from Jefferson and Byron to Asterix and Ben-Hur.

We are all Classicists - we come into touch with the Classics daily: in our culture, politics, medicine, architecture, language, and literature. What are the true roots of these influences, however, and how do ...
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Classics: A Very Short Introduction

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Overview

This Very Short Introduction to Classics links a haunting temple on a lonely mountainside to the glory of ancient Greece and the grandeur of Rome, and to Classics within modern culture-from Jefferson and Byron to Asterix and Ben-Hur.

We are all Classicists - we come into touch with the Classics daily: in our culture, politics, medicine, architecture, language, and literature. What are the true roots of these influences, however, and how do our interpretations of these aspects of the Classics differ from their original reception? This introduction to the Classics begins with a visit to the British Museum to view the frieze which once decorated the Apollo Temple at Bassae. Through these sculptures, John Henderson and
Mary Beard prompt us to consider the significance of Classics as a means of discovery and enquiry, its value in terms of literature, philposophy, and culture, and its importance as a source of imagery.

ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780191606434
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • Publication date: 2/24/2000
  • Series: Very Short Introductions
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 424,627
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author


About the Authors:
John Henderson is a Fellow of King's College, Cambridge. Mary Beard is a Fellow of Newnham College, Cambridge.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Plates
List of Maps
1 The Visit 1
2 On Site 9
3 Being There 21
4 A Guide in Hand 33
5 Beneath the Surface 45
6 Grand Theories 56
7 The Art of Reconstruction 68
8 The Greatest Show on Earth 84
9 Imagine That 98
10 'Et in Arcadia Ego' 113
Outline of Bassae Frieze 122
Timelines 124
Citations and Further Reading 129
Index 135
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2000

    Truly Outstanding!

    Well written, stimulating, intriguing, thought-provoking, fun -- not a 'dry-as-dust' by any account. A good read for the lover of the classics who wants to be more aware of what Classics means.

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