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A reprint of the Methuen & Company, Ltd. edition of 1966. Copublished in the U.K. by Gerald Duckworth and Company, Ltd.

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If the student of Greek literature has room on his shelf for only one volume besides his texts, lexica, and grammar, that book should be Lesky. --Moses Hadas, The Classical World

. . . a masterwork, translated (from the second German edition) into beautiful and stimulating English. --Saturday Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872203501
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 944
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Introduction to the First Edition
I The Transmission of Greek Literature 1
II The Beginnings 7
III The Homeric Epic
A The Iliad and Odyssey
1 Epic Poetry Before Homer 14
2 The Iliad: Materials and Composition 19
3 The Homeric Question 32
4 The Odyssey: Materials and Composition 41
5 The Odyssey: Analytical Theories 49
6 Cultural Levels in the Homeric Poems 53
7 Language and Style 58
8 Gods and Men 65
9 The Transmission 73
B The epic cycle 79
C The Homeric hymns 84
D Other works attributed to Homer 88
IV The Archaic Period
A Hesiod 91
B Archaic epic after Hesiod 106
C Early lyric poetry 107
1 Origins and Types 107
2 Iambos 109
3 Elegy 117
4 Solon 121
5 The Lesbian Lyric 128
6 Choral Lyric 148
D Folk-tales 154
E Religious literature 158
F The beginnings of philosophy 161
G Mature archaic lyric
1 Theognis 168
2 The Epigram and the Scolion 172
3 Anacreon 174
4 Songwriters on the Mainland 177
5 Choral Lyric 181
H Philosophy at the end of the archaic period 208
I The beginnings of science and historiography 216
K Beginnings of drama 223
1 Tragedy 223
2 Comedy 233
V The Flowering of the Greek City State
A Beginning and culmination of the classical period
1 Aeschylus 241
2 Sophocles 271
3 Other forms of Poetry 302
4 Damon and the Theory of Music 305
5 Herodotus 306
6 Other Historians 328
7 Philosophy 332
B The enlightenment and its opponents
1 The Sophists and the Beginnings of Rhetoric 340
2 Euripides 360
3 Other Tragic Writers 409
4 Other Poetry 413
5 Political Comedy 417
6 Political Writings 452
7 Thucydides 455
8 The Sciences 483
9 Socrates 493
C The fourth century up to Alexander
1 Plato and the Academy 505
2 Aristotle and the Peripatos 547
3 The Art of Rhetoric 582
4 Historiography 616
5 Drama 630
6 Other Forms of Poetry 637
VI The Hellenistic Age
A Athens
1 New Comedy 642
2 Attic Prose 665
3 The Philosophical Systems 669
B The new centres
1 General Characteristics 694
2 Callimachus 700
3 Theocritus 718
4 Apollonius 728
5 Epigram 737
6 Drama 743
7 Other Poetry 750
8 Historiography 764
9 The Sciences 783
10 Pseudopythagorean Literature 796
11 Jewish-Hellenistic Literature 799
VII The Empire
A Poetry 807
B Prose
1 Plutarch 819
2 The Second Sophistic 829
3 Historiographers and Periegetes 845
4 Prose Romance and Epistolography 857
5 The Second Sophistic in the Later Era 870
6 Philosophy 874
7 The Sciences 888
Index 898
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