Robert Graves and the Classical Tradition

Hardcover | August 9, 2015

EditorA. G. G. Gibson

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The poet Robert Graves' use of material from classical sources has been contentious to scholars for many years, with a number of classicists baulking at his interpretation of myth and his novelization of history, and questioning its academic value. This collection of essays provides the latest scholarship on Graves' historical fiction (for example in I, Claudius and Count Belisarius) and his use of mythical figures in his poetry, as well as an examination of his controversial retelling of the Greek Myths. The essays explore Graves' uniqueperspective and expand our understanding of his works within their original context, while at the same time considering their relevance in how we comprehend the ancient world.

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The poet Robert Graves' use of material from classical sources has been contentious to scholars for many years, with a number of classicists baulking at his interpretation of myth and his novelization of history, and questioning its academic value. This collection of essays provides the latest scholarship on Graves' historical fiction ...

A. G. G. Gibson is an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Classics at the University of St. Andrews.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.1 inPublished:August 9, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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A. G. G. Gibson: Introduction1. Andrew Bennett: 'It's readable all right, but it's not history': Robert Graves' Claudius Novels and the Impossibility of Historical Fiction2. Duncan Kennedy and Ellen O'Gorman: Claudius in the Library3. Sheila Murnaghan: Homer's Daughter: Graves' Vera Historia4. Shaun Tougher: Robert Graves as Historical Novelist: Count Belisarius - Genesis, Gender, and Truth5. Jon Coulston: Graves on War and the Late Antique: Count Belisarius and his World6. Sonia Sabnis: The Golden Ass and the Golden Warrior7. Philip Burton: 'Essentially a moral problem': Robert Graves and the Politics of the Plain Prose Tradition8. Sibylle Ihm: Robert Graves' The Greek Myths and Matriarchy9. Vanda Zajko: Scholarly Mythopoesis: Robert Graves' The Greek Myths10. Isobel Hurst: Freedom to Invent: Graves' Iconoclastic Approach to Antiquity11. John Burnside: Restoring Narcissus: The Love Poems of Robert Graves12. Tom Palaima: Robert Graves at Troy, Marathon, and the End of Sandy Road: War Poems at a Classical Distance13. Jonathan Perry: 'Con beffarda irriverenza': Graves' Augustus in Mussolini's Italy14. A. G. G. Gibson: Josef von Sternberg and the Cinematizing of I, Claudius15. Mick Morris: Broadcasting the Common Asphodel: Robert Graves and the Mass Media16. Amanda Wrigley: The Anger of Achilles (1964): A Prize-Winning 'Epic for Radio' by Robert GravesBibliographyIndex