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Classics: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

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We are all classicists--we come into touch with the classics on a daily basis: in our culture, politics, medicine, architecture, language, and literature. What are the true roots of these influences, however, and how do our interpretations of these aspects of the classics differ from their original reality? This introduction to the classics begins with a visit to the British Museum to view the frieze which once decorated the Apollo Temple a Bassae. Through these sculptures John Henderson and Mary Beard prompt us to consider the significance of the study of Classics as a means of discovery and enquiry, its value in terms of literature, philosophy, and culture, its source of imagery, and the reasons for the continuation of these images into and beyond the twentieth century. Designed for the general reader and student alike, A Very Short Introduction to Classics challenges readers to adopt a fresh approach to the Classics as a major cultural influence, both in the ancient world and twentieth-century--emphasizing the continuing need to understand and investigate this enduring subject.

About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.

Synopsis:

Oxford's Very Short Introductions series offers concise and original introductions to a wide range of subjects — from Islam to Sociology, Literary Theory to History, and Archaeology to the Bible. Not simply a textbook of definitions, each volume provides trenchant and provocative — yet always balanced and complete — discussions of the central issues in a given discipline or field. Every Very Short Introduction gives a readable evolution of the subject in question, demonstrating how the subject developed and how it influenced society. Eventually, the series will encompass every major academic discipline, offering all readers an accessible and abundant reference library. Whatever area of study one deems important or appealing, whatever topic fascinates the general reader, the Very Short Introductions series has a handy and affordable guide that will likely prove indispensable.

About the Author

Mary Beard and John Henderson both teach Classics at the University of Cambridge. Mary Beard is a fellow of Newnham College, and John Henderson is a fellow of King's College, Cambridge.

Table of Contents

1. The Visit 2. On Site 3. Being There 4. A Guide in Hand 5. Beneath the Surface 6. Grand Theories 7. The Art of Reconstruction 8. The Greatest Show on Earth 9. Imagine That 10. 'Et in Arcadia Ego' Outline of Bassae Frieze Timelines Citations and Further Reading Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780192853851
Author:
Beard, Mary
Author:
Henderson, John B.
Author:
null, Mary
Author:
null, John
Author:
Henderson, John
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Location:
Oxford :
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
Ancient - General
Subject:
Ancient and Classical
Subject:
Ancient, Classical & Medieval
Subject:
Classical Studies
Subject:
Ancient & Classical
Subject:
Civilization, Classical
Subject:
Classical literature
Subject:
Classical literature - History (p. 135-
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series:
Very short introductions
Series Volume:
PNW-GTR-461
Publication Date:
20000631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4 maps, 29 halftones and line illus
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
7.03x4.43x.38 in. .32 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Oxford's Very Short Introductions series offers concise and original introductions to a wide range of subjects — from Islam to Sociology, Literary Theory to History, and Archaeology to the Bible. Not simply a textbook of definitions, each volume provides trenchant and provocative — yet always balanced and complete — discussions of the central issues in a given discipline or field. Every Very Short Introduction gives a readable evolution of the subject in question, demonstrating how the subject developed and how it influenced society. Eventually, the series will encompass every major academic discipline, offering all readers an accessible and abundant reference library. Whatever area of study one deems important or appealing, whatever topic fascinates the general reader, the Very Short Introductions series has a handy and affordable guide that will likely prove indispensable.

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