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Classics

ISBN-10: 0192853856
ISBN-13: 9780192853851
Edition: 2000
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Description: This Very Short Introduction to Classics links a haunting temple on a lonely mountainside to the glory of ancient Greece and the grandeur of Rome, and to Classics within modern culture-from Jefferson and Byron to Asterix and Ben-Hur. We are all  More...

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Book details

List price: $11.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/15/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 4.50" wide x 10.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.286
Language: English

This Very Short Introduction to Classics links a haunting temple on a lonely mountainside to the glory of ancient Greece and the grandeur of Rome, and to Classics within modern culture-from Jefferson and Byron to Asterix and Ben-Hur. We are all Classicists - we come into touch with the Classics daily: in our culture, politics, medicine, architecture, language, and literature. What are the true roots of these influences, however, and how do our interpretations of these aspects of the Classics differ from their original reception? This introduction to the Classics begins with a visit to the British Museum to view the frieze which once decorated the Apollo Temple at Bassae. Through these sculptures, John Henderson and Mary Beard prompt us to consider the significance of Classics as a means of discovery and enquiry, its value in terms of literature, philposophy, and culture, and its importance as a source of imagery.

Mary Beard is a Professor of Classics at Cambridge and is a Fellow of Newnham College. She is general editor of the Wonders of the World series and author of The Parthenon.

The Visit
On Site
Being There
A Guide in Hand
Beneath the Surface
Grand Theories
The Art of Reconstruction
The Greatest Show on Earth
Imagine That
'Et in Arcadia Ego'
Outline of Bassae Frieze
Timelines
Citations and Further Reading
Index

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