Author: Jasper Griffin

Publisher: Bristol Classical Press

ISBN: 9781853996252

Category: Fiction

Page: 120

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"The Iliad" and "The Odyssey" stand at the very beginning of Greek literature. Much has been written about their origins and authorship, but Jasper Griffin, although he touches briefly on those questions, is here concerned with the ideas of the poems, which have had such an incalculable influence on the ideas of the West. He shows that each of the two epics has its own coherent and suggestive view of the world and of man's place in it.

Homer on Life and Death

Author: Jasper Griffin

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198140269

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 218

View: 6448

This book demonstrates how Homeric poetry manages to confer significance on persons and actions, interpreting the world and the lives of the people who inhabit it. Taking central themes like characterization, death, and the gods, the author argues that current ideas of the limitations of "oral poetry" are unreal, and that Homer embodies a view of the world both unique and profound.


Author: Jasper Griffin

Publisher: Bristol Classical Press

ISBN: 9781853996269

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 114

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Virgil lived through the fall of the Roman Republic and the establishment of the Empire. His Eclogues, Georgics and Aeneid represent a series of attempts, increasingly ambitious in scale and conception, to combine technical brilliance and poetic beauty with profound meditations on the nature of imperialism and the relation of the individual to the state. From short pastoral poems on love and song Virgil progressed to the heroic myth of the founding of Rome. The Aeneid, immediately recognised in its own time as the greatest masterpiece of Latin literature, has also had incalculable influence on European literature in the two thousand years since its creation. Jasper Griffin's short introduction to the poet opens up all these aspects of his works - his creative genius, the depth of his political sensitivity, and his extraordinary reception in the culture of the western world.

Combat Sports in the Ancient World

Competition, Violence, and Culture

Author: Michael B. Poliakoff

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300063127

Category: History

Page: 202

View: 2019

A comprehensive study of the practice of combat sports in the ancient civilizations of Greece, Rome and the Near East.

Drugs and Narcotics in History

Author: Roy Porter,Mikulas Teich

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521585972

Category: History

Page: 227

View: 9719

A collection of essays exploring the complex history of drugs and narcotics throughout historyfrom ancient Greece to the present dayshows that such substances were sought originally as healing agents, both within and without the medical profession. However, the mood- and mind-altering characteristics of some have led to the widespread abuse and legal controls we see today.


Cavalry in Ancient Warfare

Author: Philip Sidnell

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781852853747

Category: History

Page: 363

View: 5496

"Cavalry were an important part of almost every ancient army, yet modern writers have neglected them in favour of the infantry of the Greek phalanx and the Roman legions. Warhorse seeks to correct this injustice." "Philip Sidnell challenges the common view that ancient cavalry were useful for scouting and raiding but left the real fighting to the foot soldiers. In fact, he argues, they were often used in a shock role and proved decisive on many occasions. The famous victories of great generals such as Alexander, Hannibal and Julius Caesar could not have been won without a full appreciation of the battle-winning potential of cavalry." "Drawing heavily on the ancient sources, Warhorse takes the reader on a thrilling ride through numerous vividly recreated battles, from the earliest civilizations to the Battle of Hastings, to reveal the horsemen of the ancient world in their full and deadly glory."--BOOK JACKET.

Greek Homosexuality

Author: Kenneth James Dover

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674362703

Category: History

Page: 246

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To what extent and in what ways was homosexuality approved by the ancient Greeks? An eminent classicist examines the evidence--vase paintings, archaic and classical poetry, the dialogues of Plato, speeches in the law courts, the comedies of Aristophanes--and reaches provocative conclusions. A discussion of female homosexuality is included.

The Shock of the Ancient

Literature and History in Early Modern France

Author: Larry F. Norman

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226591506

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 296

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The cultural battle known as the Quarrel of the Ancients and Moderns served as a sly cover for more deeply opposed views about the value of literature and the arts. One of the most public controversies of early modern Europe, the Quarrel has most often been depicted as pitting antiquarian conservatives against the insurgent critics of established authority. The Shock of the Ancient turns the canonical vision of those events on its head by demonstrating how the defenders of Greek literature—rather than clinging to an outmoded tradition—celebrated the radically different practices of the ancient world. At a time when the constraints of decorum and the politics of French absolutism quashed the expression of cultural differences, the ancient world presented a disturbing face of otherness. Larry F. Norman explores how the authoritative status of ancient Greek texts allowed them to justify literary depictions of the scandalous. The Shock of the Ancient surveys the diverse array of aesthetic models presented in these ancient works and considers how they both helped to undermine the rigid codes of neoclassicism and paved the way for the innovative philosophies of the Enlightenment. Broadly appealing to students of European literature, art history, and philosophy, this book is an important contribution to early modern literary and cultural debates.

L'Iliade ou le poeme de la force

Author: Simone Weil,James P. Holoka

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9780820463612

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 130

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Simone Weil, a brilliant young teacher, philosopher, and social activist, wrote the essay, The ‘Iliad’ or the Poem of Force at France at the beginning of World War II. Her profound meditation on the nature of violence provides a remarkably vivid and accessible testament of the Greek epic’s continuing relevance to our lives. This celebrated work appears here for the first time in a bilingual version, based on the text of the authoritative edition of the author’s complete writings. An introduction discusses the significance of the essay both in the evolution of Weil’s thought and as a distinctively iconoclastic contribution to Homeric studies. The commentary draws on recent interpretations of the Iliad and examines the parallels between Weil’s vision of Homer’s warriors and the experiences of modern soldiers.

The Cambridge Companion to Homer

Author: Robert Fowler

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521012461

Category: History

Page: 419

View: 8341

A team of experts discuss Homer's "Iliad" and "Odyssey," exploring their background and composition and their reception to the present day.

The Iliad of Homer

Author: Homer

Publisher: N.A


Category: Achilles (Greek mythology)

Page: N.A

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The World in Ancient Times

Primary Sources and Reference Volume

Author: Ronald Mellor,Amanda H. Podany

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0195222202

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 192

View: 6204

Presents a collection of primary source documents, a timeline, and a master index.

Ancient Unedited Monuments. II. Series

Statues, Busts, Bas-reliefs and Other Remains of Grecian Art from Collections in Various Countries

Author: James Millingen

Publisher: N.A



Page: N.A

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