Literature in the Greek World

Literature in the Greek World : A New Perspective

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'Our present appreciation of Greek and Roman literature should be informed and influenced by consideration of what it was originally appreciated for. The past, for all its alienness, affects and changes the present.' The focus of this book - its new perspective - is on the 'receivers' of literature: readers, spectators, and audiences. Six contributors, drawn from both sides of the Atlantic, explore the various and changing interactions between the makers of literature and their audiences or readers from the earliest Greek poetry through to the drama, history, and philosophy of Greece under Roman rule. The contributors deploy fresh insights to map out lively and provocative, yet accessible, surveys. They cover the kinds of literature which have shaped western culture - epic, lyric, tragedy, comedy, history, philosophy, rhetoric, epigram, elegy, pastoral, satire, biography, epistle, declamation, and panegyric. Who were the audiences, and why did they regard their literature as so important?show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 328 pages
  • 130.6 x 195.6 x 18.5mm | 344.74g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 20 halftones and 4 maps
  • 0192893033
  • 9780192893031
  • 2,074,449

About Oliver Taplin

Oliver Taplin, a distinguished classicist and author, is Professor of Classical Languages and Literature at Oxford University and a Fellow of Magdalen College.show more

Table of contents

Introduction; GREEK LITERATURE; 1. The spring of the muses: Homer and related poetry; 2. The strangeness of 'song culture': Archaic Greek poetry; 3. Powers of horror and laughter: The great age of drama; 4. Charting the poles of history: Herodotus and Thoukydides; 5. Sages, sophists, and philosophers: Greek wisdom literature; 6. Observers of speeches and hearers of action: The Athenian orators; 7. Sophisticates and solecisms: Greek literature after the classical period; 8. Romanized Greeks and Hellenized Romans: Later Greek literature; Further Reading; Chronology; Acknowledgements; Indexshow more

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"Authoritative and well written...a beautifully produced and reasonably priced volume."--Anglo-Hellenic Review "Authoritative and well written...a beautifully produced and reasonably priced volume."--Anglo-Hellenic Review "Authoritative and well written...a beautifully produced and reasonably priced volume."--Anglo-Hellenic Review "Authoritative and well written...a beautifully produced and reasonably priced volume."--Anglo-Hellenic Reviewshow more

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