Who Needs Greek?
Contests in the Cultural History of Hellenism
By (author) Simon Goldhill
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Who Needs Greek? by Simon Goldhill
Book DescriptionDoes Greek matter? To whom and why? This interdisciplinary study focuses on moments when passionate conflicts about Greek and Greek-ness have erupted in both the modern and the ancient worlds. It looks at the Renaissance, when men were burned at the stake over biblical Greek, at violent Victorian rows over national culture and the schooling of a country, at the shocking performances of modernist opera - and it also examines the ancient world and its ideas of what it means to be Greek, especially in the first and second centuries CE. The book sheds light on how the ancient and modern worlds interrelate, and how fantasies and deals, struggles and conflicts have come together under the name of Greece. As a contribution to theatre studies, Renaissance and Victorian cultural history, and to the understanding of ancient writing, this book takes reception studies in an exciting alternative direction.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521812283
(228mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 25-Mar-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Simon Goldhill
Sophocles and the Language of Tragedy, Paperback (February 2015)
Sophocles and the Language of Tragedy presents a revolutionary take on Sophocles' tragic language and how our understanding of tragedy is shaped by our literary past.
Buried Life of Things, Hardback (December 2014)
Simon Goldhill offers a fascinating new perspective on the material culture of nineteenth-century Britain.
Sophocles and the Greek Tragic Tradition, Paperback (December 2011)» View all books by Simon Goldhill
This book contains essays by international experts on Sophocles, asking why he matters, and why he is still read and performed today.
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