Landmarks in Classical Literature
By (author) Philip Gaskell
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Landmarks in Classical Literature by Philip Gaskell
Book DescriptionLandmarks in Classical Literature is the final volume in a set of three books about the major authors of Western literature and their works from Classical times until the early twentieth century. In this volume, Philip Gaskell introduces the work of the greatest writers of Classical Greece and Rome in translation. The book begins with prehistory and the age of the Homeric epics, the Iliad and the Odyssey; and looks at later lyric poets such as Sappho and Pindar. There follows the great age of classical Greece, of miraculous art and pristine democracy, with Sophocles and his fellow-dramatists, the historians Herodotus and Thucydides, and Plato's fascinating Socratic dialogues. After a brief consideration of the next, Hellenistic, period of Greek culture which included the work of the pastoral poet Theocritus, the book moves on to the golden age of Roman literature. Here are the poets and thinkers of late-Republican and early Imperial Rome, a turbulent period of war and grandeur, including Julius Caesar, soldier, historian, and dictator; Cicero, politician, lawyer, and letter-writer; the poets Virgil (of the Aeneid), Horace, and Ovid; and Tacitus, the greatest Roman historian.There are chapters covering politics and society, religion, culture and the arts, language, warfare, economics, technology and philosophy to enable the reader to understand and appreciate the literature in its various contexts. Advice about reading the classics in translation, and the form and pronunciation of classical names and metre in classical verse is provided from the outset, and guidance on the best translations is given. An appendix provides more specialised information on the survival of ancient texts and textual scholarship. Features * Introduces the best and most important literature of ancient Greece and Rome * Clearly and engagingly written for readers with no prior knowledge of the period, or of Greek or Latin * Sets the authors and their works in their historical contexts
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780748613625
(216mm x 178mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Edinburgh University Press
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publish Date: 24-Sep-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Philip Gaskell
John Baskerville: A Bibliography, Paperback (December 2010)
This 1959 bibliography lists and describes everything that came from the press of John Baskerville of Birmingham, Printer to the University of Cambridge.
Trinity College Library. the First 150 Years, Paperback (July 2010)
Gaskell investigates the early history of Trinity College Library and traces its development into the greatest of college libraries.
Landmarks in European Literature, Paperback (June 1999)
This book introduces thirty-two key works of European literature in translation to ordinary readers.
Standard Written English, Paperback (September 1998)» View all books by Philip Gaskell
This book is a clear and concise guide to written English.
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Author Biography - Philip Gaskell
Philip Gaskell, Litt.D., who is a Fellow of Trinity College Cambridge, taught English Literature for many years at Cambridge University, and was also Librarian of Trinity College, Cambridge. He is the author of "Morvern Transformed; A New Introduction to Bibliography; From Writer to Reader; Trinity College Library: The First 100 Years;" and "Standard Written English: A Guide."
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