Who Needs Greek?: Contests in the Cultural History of Hellenism / Edition 1

Who Needs Greek?: Contests in the Cultural History of Hellenism / Edition 1

by Simon Goldhill
     
 

Does Greek matter? To whom and why? This interdisciplinary study focuses on moments when passionate conficts about Greek and Greekness have erupted in both the modern and the ancient worlds. It looks at the Renaissance, when men were burned at the stake over biblical Greek, at violent Victorian rows over national culture and the schooling of a country, at the shocking… See more details below

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Does Greek matter? To whom and why? This interdisciplinary study focuses on moments when passionate conficts about Greek and Greekness have erupted in both the modern and the ancient worlds. It looks at the Renaissance, when men were burned at the stake over biblical Greek, at violent Victorian rows over national culture and the schooling of a country, at the shocking performances of modernist opera - and it also examines the ancient world and its ideas of what it means to be Greek, especially in the first and second centuries CE. The book sheds fresh light on how the ancient and modern worlds interrelate, and how fantasies and ideals, struggles and conflicts have come together under the name of Greece. As a contribution to theatre studies, Renaissance and Victorian cultural history, and to the understanding of ancient writing, this book takes reception studies in an exciting new direction.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521011761
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
List of abbreviations
Introduction: shaking the foundations1
1Learning Greek is heresy! Resisting Erasmus14
2Becoming Greek, with Lucian60
3Blood from the shadows: Strauss' disgusting, degenerate Elektra108
4Who knows Greek?178
5The value of Greek. Why save Plutarch?246
Conclusion: rainbow bridges294
Works cited300
Index322

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