9780199377695-0199377693-The Classical Tradition: Greek and Roman Influences on Western Literature

The Classical Tradition: Greek and Roman Influences on Western Literature

ISBN-13: 9780199377695
ISBN-10: 0199377693
Edition: New
Author: Highet, Gilbert
Publication date: 2015
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Paperback 808 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780199377695
ISBN-10: 0199377693
Edition: New
Author: Highet, Gilbert
Publication date: 2015
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Paperback 808 pages

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Acknowledged authors Highet, Gilbert wrote The Classical Tradition: Greek and Roman Influences on Western Literature comprising 808 pages back in 2015. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0199377693 and 9780199377695. Since then The Classical Tradition: Greek and Roman Influences on Western Literature textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price of $ 2.00 or rent at the marketplace.

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Originally published in 1949, 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. Though his humanist style may appear out-of-date in today's postmodernist world, there is a value to ensuring this influential work reaches a new generation, and Highet's light touch and persuasive, engaging voice guarantee the book's usefulness for a contemporary audience. Indeed, the book is free of the jargon-filled style of literary criticism that plagues much of current scholarship. Accompanied by a new foreword by renown critic Harold Bloom, this reissue will enable new readers to appreciate the enormous legacy of classical literature in the canonical works of medieval, Renaissance, and modern Europe and America.

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