A History of Greek Literature

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Columbia University Press, Aug 13, 2013 - Literary Criticism - 327 pages
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Carefully surveys the Greek literary experience of fifteen hundred years.
 

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Contents

1 THE NATURE OF GREEK LITERATURE
3
ORIGINS AND TRANSMISSION
8
HOMER
16
CYCLIC POEMS HOMERIC HYMNS OTHER HOMERICA
28
HESIOD AND HESIODIC SCHOOLS
34
LYRIC
44
PROSE BEGINNINGS THE RISE OF ATHENS
65
DRAMA
74
HELLENISTIC PHILOSOPHY DRAMA HISTORY
186
ALEXANDRIAN LITERATURE AND LEARNING
197
POETRY TO THE END OF ANTIQUITY
215
HISTORY TRAVEL CRITICISM IN THE ROMAN PERIOD
226
LITERATURE OF RELIGION
244
ORATORS AND ENCYCLOPEDISTS OF THE SECOND SOPHISTIC
275
LUCIAN THE NOVEL
287
BIBLIOGRAPHICAL NOTES
299

THE HISTORIANS
111
THE PHILOSOPHERS
130
THE ORATORS
159

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AESCHYLUS: A complete fifth-century Athenian, he was the creator of her proudest artistic achievement, tragedy. By using more than one actor he changed the form of plays from recited poetry to true dramatic dialogue, thereby making possible the sweeping grandeur of his great trilogy, THE ORESTEIA.

SOPHOCLES: The most popular tragedian of the Golden Age, he expanded the scope of classic drama by his technical innovations and lyric intensity, leaving the world such masterpieces as ANTIGONE and OEDIPUS THE KING, the play Aristotle called the perfect model of Greek tragedy.

EURIPIDES: A prolific author, Euripides wrote some one hundred plays. In contrast to his contemporaries, he brought an exciting-and, to the Greeks, a stunning-realism to the "pure and noble" form of tragedy. His influence altered drama forever, and he is regarded today as the originator of modern dramatic sensibility.

ARISTOPHANES: The most famous comic playwright of ancient Greece, he wrote what are now the only extant representative of Greek Old Comedy. His three outstanding characteristics-gross obscenity, exquisite lyricism, and a serious concern for decency and morality-may seem a strange combination to the modern reader. Aristophanes is still regarded by modern audiences as a master of risqué wit and brilliant comic invention.

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