The classical tradition greek and roman influences on western literature

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the classical tradition greek and roman influences on western literature

The Classical Tradition: Greek and Roman Influences on Western Literature by Gilbert Highet

An absolutely intoxicating ride. I think if I had read this even five years ago, I might not have had the same reaction--one certainly benefits from knowing >most< of the touchpoints in order to really appreciate how deeply learned, deeply lived, and deeply thoughtful is this beautiful book. I quickly ordered several other Highet books coming off of the high.

Only the chapter on Modernism slightly disappointed me. I felt that Joyce was given rather short shrift on a number of fronts and >way< too much conflated with Eliot--and I really wished that my beloved H.D. was given more attention than her rather passing dismissal in the conclusion; somewhat a product of the times, I suppose. Anyway, if it werent for those two relatively minor drawbacks, Id have given every >page< five stars....
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The Classical Tradition: Greek and Roman Influences on Western Literature

Gilbert Highet. Originally published in , Gilbert Highet's seminal The Classical Tradition is a herculean feat of comparative literature and a landmark publication in the history of classical reception. As Highet states in the opening lines of his Preface, this book outlines "the chief ways in which Greek and Latin influence has moulded the literatures of western Europe and America". With that simple statement, Highet takes his reader on a sweeping exploration of the history of western literature. To summarize what he covers is a near-impossible task. Discussions of Ovid and French literature of the Middle Ages and Chaucer's engagement with Virgil and Cicero lead, swiftly, into arguments of Christian versus "pagan" works in the Renaissance, Baroque imitations of Seneca, and the re birth of satire. Building momentum through Byron, Tennyson, and the rise of "art of art's sake", Highet, at last, arrives at his conclusion: the birth and establishment of modernism.

Ball Gilbert Highet. ISBN With a new foreword by Harold Bloom. It provides a sweeping, unprecedented examination of the Greek and Roman influences on Western literature from the fall of classical civilization through the middle of the twentieth century. By placing a twenty-four-page table of contents at the beginning of The Classical Tradition , Highet provided his readers with a comprehensive outline of his book, furnishing a thorough and detailed view of every chapter. Although the reissue prints the table of contents on xv—xxxviii, this reissue refers to it as being on xiii-xxxvi, a reference unavoidably reproduced via the scanning process. The reissue, scanned from the reprint of the edition with corrections , does not exhibit the errors Highet caught in but does retain and even introduce several mistakes.

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  1. Silo A. says:

    Originally published in , Gilbert Highet's seminal The Classical Tradition is a herculean feat of comparative literature and a landmark publication in the.

  2. Evelia G. says:

    chrissullivanministries.com: The Classical Tradition: Greek and Roman Influences on Western Literature (): Gilbert Highet: Books.

  3. Leroy P. says:

    This landmark book explores the ways in which the Greco-Roman tradition has shaped modern European and American literature.

  4. Zdenek V. says:

    The Classical Tradition: Greek and Roman Influences on Western Literature: Greek Otherwise, Highet comprehensively surveys the classical tradition in later.

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