Classics: A Very Short Introduction

Classics: A Very Short Introduction

by Mary Beard, John Henderson
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Classics: A Very Short Introduction by Mary Beard, John Henderson

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780191606434
Publisher: OUP Oxford
Publication date: 02/24/2000
Series: Very Short Introductions
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 964,115
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

John Henderson is a Fellow of King's College, Cambridge, and Mary Beard is a Fellow of Newnham College, Cambridge.

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Classics: A Very Short Introduction 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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