Greek Epigram in Reception: J. A. Symonds, Oscar Wilde, and the Invention of Desire, 1805-1929

Hardcover | November 30, 2013

byGideon Nisbet

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Greek Epigram in Reception is a chronological survey of the reception history of the Greek Anthology, a Byzantine collection of ancient Greek short poems known as epigrams. Tracing the strange evolution of the Greek Anthology from the early nineteenth century to the years after the first WorldWar, the volume analyses the complex webs of rhetoric that are spun as writers and translators bring their different agendas to bear on the Anthology's text, pruning it to meet their needs. As so little was known about its poets, and because it stood for the "Anthology" of the Greeks and theirculture, the text became the battleground during the 1870s-90s on which normative and dissident interpretations of Ancient Greece were fought out. An emergent mass readership became caught between opposing and rhetorically loaded accounts, casting the Anthology and thus the ancient race on whom theBritish were supposed to be modelling themselves as patriots and doting spouses or lovers of male Beauty, like the Decadent sensation Oscar Wilde. The after-effects of this cultural war were to stretch into the 1920s, and still echo today.

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Greek Epigram in Reception is a chronological survey of the reception history of the Greek Anthology, a Byzantine collection of ancient Greek short poems known as epigrams. Tracing the strange evolution of the Greek Anthology from the early nineteenth century to the years after the first WorldWar, the volume analyses the complex webs o...

Gideon Nisbet is a Lecturer in Classics at the University of Birmingham. He is known for his publications in ancient epigram and the reception of classical Greece and Rome in modern culture.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:424 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:November 30, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgementsIntroductionPart 1: The Descent from Olympus1. The Miscellanies of Bland and Merivale2. Three Mid-Century 'Anthologies'Part 2: Wilde's Meleager3. 'The Most Precious Relic'4. 'The True Liber Amoris at Last'Part 3: 'The Book of Greek Life'5. Response to Symonds6. Reed and Girdle: The Anthology in the 1920sConclusionAppendix: Symonds and the LAnguage of GemsBibliographyIndex