Classics: A Very Short Introduction

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OUP Oxford, Feb 24, 2000 - Literary Criticism - 160 pages
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This Very Short Introduction to Classics links a haunting temple on a lonely mountainside to the glory of ancient Greece and the grandeur of Rome, and to Classics within modern culture-from Jefferson and Byron to Asterix and Ben-Hur. We are all Classicists - we come into touch with the Classics daily: in our culture, politics, medicine, architecture, language, and literature. What are the true roots of these influences, however, and how do our interpretations of these aspects of the Classics differ from their original reception? This introduction to the Classics begins with a visit to the British Museum to view the frieze which once decorated the Apollo Temple at Bassae. Through these sculptures, John Henderson and Mary Beard prompt us to consider the significance of Classics as a means of discovery and enquiry, its value in terms of literature, philposophy, and culture, and its importance as a source of imagery. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Review: Classics: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #1)

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Not a survey, but a justification for studying the Greek and Roman classics (literature, mostly, as it reflects sculpture, architecture, philosophy and theater) in the form of a case study of a ... Read full review

Review: Classics: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #1)

User Review  - John - Goodreads

Really engaging. Turned me on to Classics. Love this book series. Starting a second one now. Read full review

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Mary Beard and John Henderson both teach Classics at the University of Cambridge. Mary Beard is a fellow of Newnham College, and John Henderson is a fellow of King's College, Cambridge.

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