The Handbook of Classical Literature

Paperback | March 26, 1999

byLillian Feder

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From Abdera (an ancient city in Thrace) to Zeus (chief god of the Greeks), this authoritative handbook covers all the major aspects of Greek and Roman literature, mythology, and civilization. It features over 950 entries on ancient writers, philosophers, and historians like Homer, Vergil, and Plato; famous as well as lesser-known writings like The Iliad, The Aeneid, and The Bacchae; chief gods and characters of mythology like Aphrodite, Apollo, and Narcissus; important terms and genres like poetic meter, tragedy, and satire; and other topics necessary to understanding the often complicated literature. Major works receive pages of close attention, with detailed summaries, historical and mythological background, scholarly references, critical commentary, and useful translation recommendations. The guidebook also provides insights into the stories, characters, ideas, and terminology that pervade literary classics as well as present-day writing and culture. Written in a lively and engaging style, The Handbook of Classical Literature serves as an accessible and reliable resource for students, scholars, and general readers.

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The Handbook of Classical Literature features more than 950 entries, covering major aspects of Greek and Roman literature, mythology and civilization. It outlines ancient writers, philosophers and historians including Homer, Virgil and Plato; famous and less famous writings; chief gods and characters of mythology such as Apollo and Aph...

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From Abdera (an ancient city in Thrace) to Zeus (chief god of the Greeks), this authoritative handbook covers all the major aspects of Greek and Roman literature, mythology, and civilization. It features over 950 entries on ancient writers, philosophers, and historians like Homer, Vergil, and Plato; famous as well as lesser-known writi...

Lillian Feder is Distinguished Professor Emerita of English, Classics, and Comparative Literature, Graduate School, City University of New York. She lives in New York City.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:468 pages, 9.03 × 5.88 × 1.12 inPublished:March 26, 1999Publisher:Da Capo BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0306808803

ISBN - 13:9780306808807

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The Handbook of Classical Literature features more than 950 entries, covering major aspects of Greek and Roman literature, mythology and civilization. It outlines ancient writers, philosophers and historians including Homer, Virgil and Plato; famous and less famous writings; chief gods and characters of mythology such as Apollo and Aphrodite; important terms and genres; and other topics essential to understanding class literature. As well, it examines major including summaries, critical commentary and guidelines to translating the pieces. This is a great resource tool for students, scholars and anyone interested in the classics.