Classical Literature

Classical Literature

An Epic Journey From Homer to Virgil and Beyond

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"The writings of the Greeks and Romans form the bedrock of Western culture. Inventing history, tragedy, and philosophy--while pioneering radical new forms of epic and poetry--the Greeks and Romans created the literary world we still inhabit today. Distinguished classicist Richard Jenkyns explores a thousand years of classical civilization, carrying readers from the depths of the Greek dark ages through the glittering heights of Rome's empire. Jenkyns begins with Homer and the birth of the epic before exploring the hypnotic poetry of Pindar, Sappho, and others from Greece's archaic past. Later, in Athens's classical age, Jenkyns reveals the radical nature of Sophocles's choice to portray Ajax as a psychologically wounded warrior; how Aeschylus developed tragedy; and how Herodotus, in 'inventing history,' brought to narrative an epic and tragic quality. We meet the strikingly modern figure of Virgil, struggling to mirror epic art in an age of empire, and experience the love poems of Catullus, who imbued verse with obsessive passion as never before. Even St. Paul and other early Christian writers are artfully grounded here in their classical literary context. A comprehensive introduction to Greek and Roman literature, Jenkyns's Classical Literature is relevant reading for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the classics, and the extraordinary origins of Western culture."--
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780465097975
Branch Call Number: 880.09 JENKY
Characteristics: xi, 270 pages ; 25 cm


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