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This is my Amazon review of 'Shadow of the Parthenon' (Hardcover) I am disposed to like anything written by Peter Green, and these essays on ancient Greek and Roman literature and history did not disappoint. His writing sparkles with his characteristic perception and dynamic approach and, as with his 'Classical Bearings', and 'Essays in Antiquity' (this is a companion volume to the latter title) there is much to enhance a general reader's vision of the ancient world as well as the classical student's - and differs in many respects from more orthodox academic reading. The conventional objects of veneration, i.e., Perikles' Athens, and what is termed 'the Parthenon myth', do not win unqualified endorsement from Dr Green, but he has a great regard for the true merits of antiquity, and for those who 'spoke with an individual voice' like Sappho & Archilochus. The chapter on myths & symbols I found particularly effective - this being an area of personal study - and had a laugh at the description of Hawthorne's anxious Nineteenth century reduction of the Centaur Chiron. Even if for many of us 'Tanglewood Tales' may well have been our first introduction to ancient Greek myths, Green's cool, clear and concise prose dispels such Victoriana along with the patronizing beliefs of Charles Kingsley. The study entitled 'Clio Reviewed' (part II, on Thucydides) is a salient reminder of how classical history can too easily be a means of expression for historians' own political views. The ancient world does not touch our own times exclusively through the reception medium of 'swords & sandals' novels, TV and film - it has far more relevance than we are sometimes willing to recognise.
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