Twelve Voices from Greece and Rome: Ancient Ideas for Modern Times

Paperback | November 12, 2016

byChristopher Pelling, Maria Wyke

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Twelve Voices from Greece and Rome is a book for all readers who want to know more about the literature that underpins Western civilization. Chistopher Pelling and Maria Wyke provide a vibrant and distinctive introduction to twelve of the greatest authors from ancient Greece and Rome, writerswhose voices still resonate strongly across the centuries: Homer, Sappho, Herodotus, Euripides, Thucydides, Plato, Caesar, Cicero, Virgil, Horace, Juvenal and Tacitus. To what vital ideas do these authors give voice? And why are we so often drawn to what they say even in modern times? Twelve Voices investigates these tantalizing questions, showing how these great figures from classical antiquity still address some of our most fundamental concerns in the worldtoday (of war and courage, dictatorship and democracy, empire, immigration, city life, art, madness, irrationality, and religious commitment), and express some of our most personal sentiments (about family and friendship, desire and separation, grief and happiness). These twelve classical voices can sound both compellingly familiar and startlingly alien to the twenty-first century reader. Yet they remain suggestive and inspiring, despite being rooted in their own times and places, and have profoundly affected the lives of those prepared to listen to them rightup to the present day.

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Twelve Voices from Greece and Rome is a book for all readers who want to know more about the literature that underpins Western civilization. Chistopher Pelling and Maria Wyke provide a vibrant and distinctive introduction to twelve of the greatest authors from ancient Greece and Rome, writerswhose voices still resonate strongly across ...

Christopher Pelling is Regius Professor of Greek at the University of Oxford. He has worked and published extensively on Classical Greek historiography and biography. Among his numerous publications are Literary Texts and the Greek Historian (2000) and Plutarch and History: Eighteen Studies (2002). Maria Wyke is Professor of Latin at U...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 5.31 × 0.68 inPublished:November 12, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Homer2. Sappho3. Herodotus4. Euripides5. Thucydides6. Plato7. Caesar8. Cicero9. Virgil10. Horace11. Juvenal12. TacitusEpilogueIndex

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"these are delightful essays by very intelligent and approachable scholars ... Well worth reading, whether you think you know something about Homer or know you know nothing." --Keith Maclennan, Classics for All