A Companion to Classical Receptions

A Companion to Classical Receptions

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Examining the profusion of ways in which the arts, culture, and thought of Greece and Rome have been transmitted, interpreted, adapted and used, A Companion to Classical Receptions explores the impact of this phenomenon on both ancient and later societies. * Provides a comprehensive introduction and overview of classical reception - the interpretation of classical art, culture, and thought in later centuries, and the fastest growing area in classics * Brings together 34 essays by an international group of contributors focused on ancient and modern reception concepts and practices * Combines close readings of key receptions with wider contextualization and discussion * Explores the impact of Greek and Roman culture worldwide, including crucial new areas in Arabic literature, South African drama, the history of photography, and contemporary ethics

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  • Paperback | 556 pages
  • 170 x 244 x 32mm | 961.61g
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Chicester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1444339222
  • 9781444339222
  • 1,049,224

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Lorna Hardwick is Professor of Classical Studies and Director of the Reception of Classical Texts Research Project at the Open University. Her publications on Greek cultural history and its reception in modern theatre and literature include Translating Words, Translating Cultures (2000), New Surveys in the Classics: Reception Studies (2003) and (co-edited with Carol Gillespie) Classics in Post-colonial Worlds (2007). Christopher Stray is Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Wales, Swansea. He is the author of Classics Transformed: Schools Universities, and Society in England 1830-1960 (1998), and editor of The Owl of Minerva (2005), Classical Books (2007) and Remaking the Classics (2007).

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"This variegated and sizeable volume has for me been stimulating and informative, a pleasure to read for review ... The 'future paths' he proposes seem to me to amount to different configurations of intellectual history, so no surprises there; but his clear statement of the opportunities offered by reception studies in the classroom is admirable, and his call for 'a new kind of classicist-academic: the engaged public intellectual' is visionary. " (Translation and Literature, 2011)

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From antiquity to the present, Greek and Roman literature, drama, myths, ideas and art have influenced every aspect of human achievement. Examining the profusion of ways in which the arts, culture and thought of Greece and Rome have been transmitted, interpreted, adapted and used, this volume explores the impact of this phenomenon on both ancient and later societies."A Companion to Classical Receptions" is a comprehensive guide to the field that combines close readings of key receptions with wider contextualization and discussion. The volume brings together essays on ancient and modern reception concepts and practices, and focuses on key turning points and areas of convergence and divergence. Contributors explore the impact of Greek and Roman culture worldwide, including discussions of new research on Arabic literature, South African drama, the history of photography and contemporary ethics. The book challenges readers to reassess their assumptions about both the ancient and the modern world, and reveals the vitality of classical culture and its centrality to modern debates.

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