Who Needs Greek?: Contests in the Cultural History of Hellenism
Simon Goldhill, Professor of Greek Literature and Culture and Fellow and Director of Studies in Classics Simon Goldhill
Cambridge University Press, Apr 4, 2002 - History - 326 pages
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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