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    Ancient Greek Literature (Cultural History of Literature) (Hardback) By (author) Tim Whitmarsh

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    DescriptionIn this book, Tim Whitmarsh offers an innovative new introduction to ancient Greek literature. The volume integrates cutting--edge cultural theory with the latest research in classical scholarship, providing a comprehensive, sophisticated and accessible account of literature from Homer to late antiquity. Whitmarsh offers new readings of some of the best--known and most influential authors of Greek antiquity, including Sophocles, Euripides, Herodotus, Aristophanes and Plato, as well as introducing many lesser--known figures. Unlike conventional narrative histories, this volume focuses on the profound effects of literature within Greek society. Whitmarsh shows that literature, distributed via a range of social institutions, such as festivals, theatres, symposia and book production, played an important role in the legitimization -- and challenging -- of ideologies of gender, class and cultural identity. The volume also addresses the legacy of Greek literature: how the Victorian cult of Hellenism and its successors have structured the reception of ancient texts, and how and why the modern West has adopted the Greeks as its ancestors. This book will be important reading for undergraduates, in their first year and above, of ancient Greek literature and culture. All texts in the volume are translated, and no knowledge of ancient Greek literature is assumed.


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    Title
    Ancient Greek Literature
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Tim Whitmarsh
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 296
    Width: 161 mm
    Height: 233 mm
    Thickness: 26 mm
    Weight: 616 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780745627915
    ISBN 10: 0745627919
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
    BIC E4L: LIT
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11110
    BIC subject category V2: DSBB
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2AHA
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    Libri: I-LC
    BISAC V2.8: LIT004190
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: LCO003000
    BIC subject category V2: 2AHA
    DC22: 880.9001
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: PA3052.W48
    Thema V1.0: DNT, DSBB, DB
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    Publisher
    Polity Press
    Imprint name
    Polity Press
    Publication date
    15 August 2004
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Author Information
    Tim Whitmarsh is a reader in Greek Literature at the University of Exeter
    Review quote
    'We have long needed an up--to--date survey of Greek literature as an expression of Greek culture, and Whitmarsh has provided us with an outstanding introduction. He covers a wide range of texts, and employs the latest methods of literary and cultural analysis. His mastery of these approaches is apparent on every page, as he elegantly discusses questions of class, gender, the public versus the private sphere, oral versus written traditions, and much else.' -- David Konstan, Brown University 'Ancient Greek Literature is a scintillating discussion of the central issues and themes that cluster around literary texts. Whitmarsh's own literary style is aptly pungent, witty and probing, and his focus on texts as battlegrounds of power relationships or sites of social dispute will surely prove as provocative and challenging as it is intended to be. Among his many other original findings is his notion of the "archive": that is, the creation, from the fifth century BCE onwards, of a defined body of texts and set of institutions devoted to fostering the Greeks' sense of literature's central place in defining their identity. The chronological discussion is complemented by four thematic chapters that systematically explore the topics of cultural identity, the place allocated to women, gender issues and images of the subordinated classes of the poor and unfree.' -- Paul Cartledge, University of Cambridge
    Back cover copy
    This book offers an innovative new introduction to ancient Greek literature. The volume integrates cutting-edge cultural theory with the latest research in classical scholarship, providing a comprehensive, sophisticated and accessible account of literature from Homer to late antiquity. Whitmarsh offers new readings of some of the best-known and most influential authors of Greek antiquity, including Sophocles, Euripides, Herodotus, Aristophanes and Plato, as well as introducing many lesser-known figures. Unlike conventional narrative histories, this volume focuses on the profound "effects" of literature within Greek society. Whitmarsh shows that literature, distributed via a range of social institutions, such as festivals, theatres, symposia and book production, played an important role in the legitimization - and challenging - of ideologies of gender, class and cultural identity. "Ancient Greek Literature" will be essential reading for all students of classics. All texts in the volume are translated, and no knowledge of ancient Greek literature is assumed.
    Table of contents
    Preface. Section one: concepts. 1) 'Greek literature' and cultural history. 2) The problem of tradition. Section two: contexts. 3) Festival. 4) Symposium. 5) Theatre. 6) The power of speech. 7) Inventing the archive: Athens. 8) Building the archive: Alexandria. 9) Reading from the archive: Roman Greece. Section three: conflicts. 10) Inventing the Greek. 11) A woman's place. 12) Sexing the text. 13) Status and slavery. . Notes. Chronology of Greek Literature. References. Index of Greek Authors. General Index