Who Needs Greek?: Contests in the Cultural History of Hellenism

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 4, 2002 - History - 326 pages
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Who Needs Greek? is an accessible, illustrated, interdisciplinary study of arguments over what ancient Greece has meant to western culture from the ancient world to today. The battles between artists and literary critics, historians and journalists, politicians and dons, are often violent to the point of bloodshed, often hilarious, and always passionate. This is a cutting-edge cultural history that ranges from ancient Greece via the Renaissance to modern opera, and treats a central question of culture in a way which will excite both academics and a more general audience.
  

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Contents

Learning Greek is heresy Resisting Erasmus
14
Becoming Greek with Lucian
60
Blood from the shadows Strauss disgusting degenerate Elektra
108
Who knows Greek?
178
The value of Greek Why save Plutarch?
246
rainbow bridges
294
Works cited
300
Index
322
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