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"The literature of the classical world that has survived is a pitiful remnant of what once existed...". So begins Bernard Knox's preface to an anthology that introduces the modern reader to the enormous breadth and rich variety of that "pitiful remnant" - the foundation of Western literature and culture, the inspiration for writers from Dante to Shakespeare to T. S. Eliot. However much - or little - of it we may have read, classical literature has shaped our world and how we perceive it. Yet for most of us classical writing is little more than a narrow circle of legendary figures. The names of Homer, Aeschylus, Plato, Virgil, and Saint Augustine are familiar, but behind their work lies a vast fellowship of writers with a common mythological and artistic heritage. The Norton Book of Classical Literature thus includes not only the "greats" but also significant though lesser known figures and traditions: archaic lyric poets, Alexandrian Greeks, and Roman satirists, for example. Also recovered for us are the breathtaking variety of forms that literature took - epic, lyric, ode, dithyramb, tragedy, comedy, history, dialogue, idyll, epigram, satire, to name a few. The translations selected for this collection, from classic nineteenth-century versions to as yet unpublished manuscripts, reflect the diversity of the works themselves and bring them to us with eloquence and clarity. In his brilliant introduction - an account of the development of classical literature from the origins of the Greek language and Homer to the fall of Rome and Saint Augustine - Knox distills for the general reader a complex literary tradition and allows even those with a thorough knowledge of classical writing to seethat tradition anew. Informative notes throughout the book allow works - some long forgotten, ignored, or misinterpretedto emerge, as vital and compelling today as they were so many centuries ago. From the lyrical precision of Archilochus and Sappho to the epic sweep of Apol

Synopsis:

An anthology of classical literature features more than three hundred selections, including pieces on the origins of the Greek language, works by Homer, discussion on the fall of Rome and St. Augustine, and more.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393034264
Editor:
Knox, Bernard MacGregor Walke
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Editor:
Knox, Bernard MacGregor Walke
Author:
Knox, Bernard M. W.
Author:
Knox, Bernard MacGregor Walke
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Ancient - General
Subject:
Ancient and Classical
Subject:
Greece
Subject:
Translations into english
Subject:
Classical literature
Subject:
Rome
Subject:
Rome Literary collections.
Subject:
Greece Literary collections.
Subject:
Ancient, Classical & Medieval
Subject:
World History-Ancient History
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
9424
Publication Date:
19930331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
872
Dimensions:
9.3 x 6.1 x 1.7 in 2.345 lb

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