The Classical Tradition

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Anthony Grafton, Glenn W Most, Salvatore Settis
Harvard University Press, Oct 25, 2010 - History - 1067 pages
3 Reviews

How do we get from the polis to the police? Or from Odysseus‚e(tm) sirens to an ambulance‚e(tm)s? The legacy of ancient Greece and Rome has been imitated, resisted, misunderstood, and reworked by every culture that followed. In this volume, some five hundred articles by a wide range of scholars investigate the afterlife of this rich heritage in the fields of literature, philosophy, art, architecture, history, politics, religion, and science.

Arranged alphabetically from Academy to Zoology, the essays‚e"designed and written to serve scholars, students, and the general reader alike‚e"show how the Classical tradition has shaped human endeavors from art to government, mathematics to medicine, drama to urban planning, legal theory to popular culture.

At once authoritative and accessible, learned and entertaining, comprehensive and surprising, and accompanied by an extensive selection of illustrations, this guide illuminates the vitality of the Classical tradition that still surrounds us today.


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User Review  - Tinus67 - LibraryThing

Not a book to read from A to Z but great just to take and pick a word and understand its origins Read full review

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User Review  - John Rogers - Goodreads

Encyclopedic. Creatively, but occasionally oddly, organized, at least from my probably limited perspective. But great to have around. Reading its entries will lead you off the track of your Classics 101 college course! Read full review

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Salvatore Settisis Director of theScuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, where he is also Professor of the History of Classical Art and Archaeology.

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