Classics: A Very Short Introduction: A Very Short Introduction by Mary BeardClassics: A Very Short Introduction: A Very Short Introduction by Mary Beard

Classics: A Very Short Introduction: A Very Short Introduction

byMary Beard, John Henderson

Paperback | February 1, 2000

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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 valuein terms of literature, philposophy, and culture, and its importance as a source of imagery.
John Henderson is a Fellow of King's College, Cambridge, and Mary Beard is a Fellow of Newnham College, Cambridge.
Title:Classics: A Very Short Introduction: A Very Short IntroductionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.39 inPublished:February 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0192853856

ISBN - 13:9780192853851


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant Introduction to Classics An excellent book – informative and enjoyable. It really does live up to its promise of providing the reader with an introduction to the scope and methods of Classics. Each chapter of the book is based on the temple at Bassae and shows a different aspect of how a classicist might think about it. Chapters cover: how the temple was experienced by travellers in the past – what they saw and what they chose to write about. This is contrasted with treatment in guidebooks today when easy transport has made the site much more accessible but the temple itself has been completely shrouded. Some of the most interesting chapters deal with how the temple was built, and what it might have looked like. The book concludes with a discussion of how writers from ancient to modern times have written about the role of the temple and what these writings tell us about their cultures. In this brief review I have tried to give an impression of the breadth of topics covered by this little book but I have hardly scratched the surface. This little book is a real tour de force.
Date published: 2010-03-17

Table of Contents

1. The Visit 2. On Site 3. Being There 4. A Guide in Hand 5. Beneath the Surface 6. Grand Theories 7. The Art of Reconstruction 8. The Greatest Show on Earth 9. Imagine That 10. 'Et in Arcadia Ego' Outline of Bassae Frieze Timelines Citations and Further Reading Index

Editorial Reviews

`For those who think Classics is just the dry as dust learning of dead languages this arresting book will come as a rude shock. This is no potted history of Greece and Rome, but a brillian demonstration that the continual re-excavation of our classical past is vital if the modern world is torise to the challenge inscribed on the temple of Apollo at Delphi to "Know yourself".'Robin Osborne, author of Demos: The Discovery of Classical Attica