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History of Greek Literature: From Homer to the Hellenistic Period

History of Greek Literature: From Homer to the Hellenistic Period

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By (author) Albrecht Dihle, By (author) Clare Krojzl, Translated by Clare Krojzl

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  • Publisher: ROUTLEDGE
  • Format: Hardback | 344 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 234mm x 32mm | 742g
  • Publication date: 20 September 1994
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0415086205
  • ISBN 13: 9780415086202
  • Illustrations note: bibliography, index

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The most up-to-date history of Greek literature from its Homeric origins to the age of Augustus. Greek literary production throughout this period of some eight centuries is embedded in its historical and social context, and Professor Dihle sees this literature as a historical phenomenon, a particular mode of linguistic communication, with its specific forms developing both in an organic way and in response to the changing world around. In this it differs from conventional humanist approaches to Greek and Latin literature which analyse the works as objects of timeless value independent of any historical setting or purpose. This magisterial survey by one of the leading European authorities on classical literature will establish itself, as it already has in Germany, as the standard account of the subject.

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"He writes with such verve and grasp, deftly passing over all that is inessential, that one is induced to reach again for one's Thucydides or Aristophanes."-Mainzer Volksblatt "An original power of conceptualisation repeatedly opens up new perspectives, even in these well-known and much discussed areas of Greek literature, and provides the reader with a new wealth of learning as well as aesthetic enjoyment."-Erich Thummer, "Anzeiger fur Altertumswissenschaft "This translation of Dihle's 1991 publication offers a thorough literary history that reads more like a story than a handbook ... Especially uesful for those who want a broad understanding of the developments in Greek literature from Homer up to the time of Augustus."-"Religious Studies Review

Table of contents

Preface Archaic Literature 1. The Beginnings and Early Epic Poetry 2. The Earliest Non-epic Poetry 3. Early Prose 4. Late Archaic Poetry 5. Philosophy and Science Classical Literature of the Fifth Century B.C. 6. Aeschylus and the Beginnings of Tragedy 7. Sophocles and Euripides 8. Old Comedy 9. Philosophy, Rhetoric and Science 10. Herodotus and Thucydides Classical Literature of the Fourth Century B.C. 11. Socrates and Socratic Literature 12. Plato, Aristotle and their Schools 13. Rhetoric 14. Entertainment Literature, Factual Literature and Historiography 15. Poetry Hellenistic Literature 16. Hellenism and its Philosophy 17. Dramatic Poetry 18. Callimachus and Lyric Poetry 19. Apollonius Rhodius and Epic Poetry 20. Theocritus and Pastoral Poetry 21. The Epigram 22. Specialist Prose and Rhetoric 23. Historiography and Geography 24. Entertainment Literature 25. Jewish Literature Epilogue Bibliography Index