Classical Literature: An Epic Journey from Homer to Virgil and Beyond

Classical Literature: An Epic Journey from Homer to Virgil and Beyond

G.W. Bowersock, The long island assessment of Books
“There is scarcely whatever on which he doesn't provide an unique aperçu, occasionally illuminating, occasionally easily provocative, yet continually worthy reading... Jenkyns's view of old literature is Olympian.”

The writings of the Greeks and Romans shape the bedrock of Western tradition. Inventing the molds for histories, tragedies, and philosophies, whereas pioneering radical new varieties of epic and poetry, the Greeks and Romans created the literary international we nonetheless inhabit at the present time. Writing with verve and perception, distinct classicist Richard Jenkyns explores one thousand years of classical civilization, sporting readers from the depths of the Greek darkish a long time during the glittering heights of Rome’s empire.

Jenkyns starts with Homer and the beginning of epic poetry sooner than exploring the hypnotic poetry of Pindar, Sappho, and others from the Greek darkish a long time. Later, in Athens’s classical age, Jenkyns indicates the unconventional nature of Sophocles’s option to painting Ajax as a psychologically wounded warrior, how Aeschylus built tragedy, and the way Herodotus, in “inventing history,” delivered to narrative an epic and tragic caliber. We meet the strikingly glossy determine of Virgil, suffering to reflect epic artwork in an age of empire, and adventure the affection poems of Catullus, who imbued verse with obsessive ardour as by no means sooner than. Even St. Paul and different early Christian writers are artfully grounded the following of their classical literary context.

A dynamic and accomplished creation to Greek and Roman literature, Jenkyns’s Classical Literature is key examining for a person looking a deeper figuring out of the classics—and the extreme origins of Western culture.

Library Journal, STARRED review
“[R]ich, witty, perceptive, and brief... the most effective introductions to be had to the overall reader.”

Christopher B. Krebs (author of A most threatening Book), The Wall highway Journal
"[A]ccessible and enjoyable... few students are larger located to embark on the sort of trip than Mr. Jenkyns.

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