Classics: A Very Short Introduction: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | February 1, 2000

byMary Beard, John Henderson

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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.

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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...

John Henderson is a Fellow of King's College, Cambridge, and Mary Beard is a Fellow of Newnham College, Cambridge.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.39 inPublished:February 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192853856

ISBN - 13:9780192853851

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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

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`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