The Resource Classical literature : an epic journey from Homer to Virgil and beyond, Richard Jenkyns

Classical literature : an epic journey from Homer to Virgil and beyond, Richard Jenkyns

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Classical literature : an epic journey from Homer to Virgil and beyond
Title
Classical literature
Title remainder
an epic journey from Homer to Virgil and beyond
Statement of responsibility
Richard Jenkyns
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Language
eng
Summary
"The writings of the Greeks and Romans form the bedrock of Western culture. Inventing the molds for histories, tragedies, and philosophies, while pioneering radical new forms of epic and poetry, the Greeks and Romans created the literary world we still inhabit today. Writing with verve and insight, distinguished classicist Richard Jenkyns explores a thousand years of classical civilization, carrying readers from the depths of the Greek dark ages through the glittering heights of Rome's empire. Jenkyns begins with Homer and the birth of epic poetry before exploring the hypnotic poetry of Pindar, Sappho, and others from the Greek dark ages. Later, in Athens's classical age, Jenkyns shows the radical nature of Sophocles's choice to portray Ajax as a psychologically wounded warrior, how Aeschylus developed tragedy, and how Herodotus, in 'inventing history, ' brought to narrative an epic and tragic quality. We meet the strikingly modern figure of Virgil, struggling to mirror epic art in an age of empire, and experience the love poems of Catullus, who imbued verse with obsessive passion as never before. Even St. Paul and other early Christian writers are artfully grounded here in their classical literary context. A dynamic and comprehensive introduction to Greek and Roman literature, Jenkyns's Classical Literature is essential reading for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the classics and the extraordinary origins of Western culture."--Publisher website
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YDXCP
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Jenkyns, Richard
Dewey number
880.09
Index
index present
LC call number
PA3001
LC item number
.J46 2016
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Classical literature
  • Classical literature
  • Classical literature
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Classical literature : an epic journey from Homer to Virgil and beyond, Richard Jenkyns
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Publication
Note
"First published in the United Kingdom in 2015 by the Penguin Book Group"--Title page verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-259) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Homer -- Archaic Greece -- The rise of tragedy and history -- The later fifth century -- The fourth century -- The Hellenistic Age -- The Roman Republic -- Virgil -- The Augustan Age -- After the Augustans -- Two novels
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 270 pages
Isbn
9780465097975
Lccn
2015953494
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Provided through the generosity of The Margaret and William Stobie Library Purchase Fund.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)932387077
  • (OCoLC)ocn932387077
Label
Classical literature : an epic journey from Homer to Virgil and beyond, Richard Jenkyns
Publication
Note
"First published in the United Kingdom in 2015 by the Penguin Book Group"--Title page verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-259) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Homer -- Archaic Greece -- The rise of tragedy and history -- The later fifth century -- The fourth century -- The Hellenistic Age -- The Roman Republic -- Virgil -- The Augustan Age -- After the Augustans -- Two novels
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 270 pages
Isbn
9780465097975
Lccn
2015953494
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Provided through the generosity of The Margaret and William Stobie Library Purchase Fund.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)932387077
  • (OCoLC)ocn932387077

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