Gilbert Murray Reassessed: Hellenism, Theatre, and International Politics

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This is the first comprehensive account of the life and work of the distinguished scholar and public figure Gilbert Murray (1866-1957). Sixteen contributors survey his childhood, his work in the theatre and in international relations, his Greek scholarship and contributions on religion and philosophy, his friendships (including those with Bertrand Russell and A. E. Housman), his long commitment to the Home University Library, his radio work, and his involvement with psychic research. The book opens with memoirs by two of his grandchildren. Two biographies of Murray were published in the 1980s, but the range of his activities makes it impossible for a single person to encompass them all adequately. This book, published 50 years after his death, aims to proved a comprehensive reassessment of a remarkable man.

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"The sheer range of Murray's activities is well served by this collection.... the volume remains thematically coherent, imaginatively and sympathetically presenting Murray's many-faceted legacy."—Anna Vaninskaya, The Classical Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199544974
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 6/2/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Stray is Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Classics, University of Wales Swansea.

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors     xi
Introduction   Christopher Stray     1
Remembering our Grandfather   Ann Paludan   Alexander Murray     17
A Broken Mirror: Gilbert Murray's Reflections of an Australian Childhood   Francis West     33
Gilbert Murray on Greek Literature: The Great/Greek Man's Burden   Mark Griffith     51
Gilbert Murray and Greek Religion   Robert Parker     81
Gilbert Murray's Greek Editions   Christopher Collard     103
Gilbert Murray's Translations of Greek Tragedy   James Morwood     133
From the Court to the National: The Theatrical Legacy of Gilbert Murray's Bacchae   Fiona Macintosh     145
Gilbert Murray and A. E. Housman   Malcolm Davies     167
'Macte nova virtute, puer!': Gilbert Murray as Mentor and Friend to J. A. K. Thomson   Barbara F. McManus     181
Gilbert Murray, Bertrand Russell, and the Theory and Practice of Politics   William Bruneau     201
Gilbert Murray and International Politics   Martin Ceadel     217
Retrieving Cosmos: Gilbert Murray's Thought on International Relations   Peter Wilson     239
The Classicist as Liberal Intellectual: Gilbert Murray and AlfredEckhard Zimmern   Julia Stapleton     261
'That Living Voice': Gilbert Murray at the BBC   Mick Morris     293
'Yours Obediently, Gilbert Murray': Letters to The Times   William Bruneau   Russell Wodell     319
Gilbert Murray and Psychic Research   N. J. Lowe     349
Bibliography     371
Index     395

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