A companion to the Classical tradition by Craig Kallendorf; Ward W Briggs; Julia Haig Gaisser; Charles

By Craig Kallendorf; Ward W Briggs; Julia Haig Gaisser; Charles Martindale; Blackwell Reference Online (Online service)

A better half to the Classical culture incorporates the urgent desire for an up to date advent and review of the becoming box of reception stories. A entire creation and evaluate of the classical culture - the translation of classical texts in later centuries. contains 26 newly commissioned essays from a world staff of specialists. Divided into 3 sections: a chronological survey, a geographical survey, and a piece illustrating the connections among the classical culture and modern thought.  Read more... heart a while / by means of Jan Ziolkowski -- Renaissance / by means of Craig Kallendorf -- Baroque / by way of Ingrid Rowland -- Neo-classicism / via Thomas Kaminski -- Romanticism / by means of Bruce Graver -- The Victorian period / by means of Norman Vance -- Modernism / by way of Kenneth Haynes -- Africa / through William Dominik -- Central-Eastern Europe / through Jerzy Axer, with the help of Katarzyna Tomaszuk -- France / through Philip Ford -- Germany and German-speaking Europe / by means of Volker Riedel -- Iberian Peninsula / by means of Luisa López Grigera -- Italy / by means of David Marsh -- Latin the US / by way of Andrew Laird -- Low nations / by way of Gilbert Tournoy -- Scandinavia / by means of Minna Skafte Jensen -- uk / by means of Richard Jenkyns -- usa / by way of Ward Briggs -- Reception reviews / via Charles Martindale -- Postcolonial experiences / via Lorna Hardwick -- Gender and sexuality / via Alastair J.L. Blanshard -- Politics / via Katie Fleming -- Psychology / through Fabio Stok -- smooth and post-modern paintings and structure / through Gail Levin -- movie / through Karl Galinsky

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Understood most ecumenically, ‘‘classical literature’’ would bridge two languages and extend over at least a dozen centuries, from the Iliad and Odyssey ascribed to Homer, a hazy but oft-invoked figure of the eighth century B C , through the famous writings associated with fifth-century Athenians such as Plato and Thucydides, to the masterpieces of late Republican and Augustan Rome by Vergil, Horace, and others in the first century B C , and down even to Augustine and other Latin-speakers and -writers in the Empire of the fourth and fifth centuries A D .

Statistics may not lie, but they can and do mislead, since sometimes a drop in copying indicates that a text was read less often, whereas in other instances it means only that enough manuscripts from preceding centuries still circulated to meet demand; parchment is durable, and codices did not demand replacement at the pace we would expect from our experiences of printed books, especially paperbacks. The resultant century-by-century listing lends loose support to the well-worn division of the Middle Ages into three stages, a Vergilian age (aetas Vergiliana) in the eighth and ninth centuries that yielded first to a Horatian age (aetas Horatiana) Middle Ages 23 in the tenth and eleventh and subsequently to an Ovidian age (aetas Ovidiana) in the twelfth and thirteenth.

Ziolkowski As for the other half of the classics as they are now conceived, whatever Greek prose and poetry survived, it did so almost exclusively in Latin translations, such as the ‘‘Latin Homer’’ (as was known a poor Latinization of the Iliad) and (until the twelfth century) the bits of Aristotle that Boethius had put into Latin before his execution. Intrepid souls managed to acquire knowledge of Greek, but such individualists stand apart as having been unusual (Berschin 1988). Even when Greek texts began to be translated into Latin in greater volume in the twelfth century, often the base text for the work was an Arabic version that had already existed.

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