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The Cambridge Companion to Homer

The Cambridge Companion to Homer

  • Author: Robert Fowler,Robert Louis Fowler
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 9780521012461
  • Category: History
  • Page: 419
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A team of experts discuss Homer's "Iliad" and "Odyssey," exploring their background and composition and their reception to the present day.

The Cambridge Companion to Keats

The Cambridge Companion to Keats

  • Author: Susan J. Wolfson
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 9780521658393
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 272
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In The Cambridge Companion to Keats, leading scholars discuss Keats's work in several fascinating contexts: literary history and key predecessors; Keats's life in London's intellectual, aesthetic and literary culture and the relation of his poetry to the visual arts. These specially commissioned essays are sophisticated but accessible, challenging but lucid, and are complemented by an introduction to Keats's life, a chronology, a list of contemporary people and periodicals, a source reference for famous phrases and ideas articulated in Keats's letters, a glossary of literary terms and a guide to further reading.

The Cambridge Companion to the Epic

The Cambridge Companion to the Epic

  • Author: Catherine Bates
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 1139828274
  • Category: Literary Criticism
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Every great civilisation from the Bronze Age to the present day has produced epic poems. Epic poetry has always had a profound influence on other literary genres, including its own parody in the form of mock-epic. This Companion surveys over four thousand years of epic poetry from the Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh to Derek Walcott's postcolonial Omeros. The list of epic poets analysed here includes some of the greatest writers in literary history in Europe and beyond: Homer, Virgil, Dante, Camões, Spenser, Milton, Wordsworth, Keats and Pound, among others. Each essay, by an expert in the field, pays close attention to the way these writers have intimately influenced one another to form a distinctive and cross-cultural literary tradition. Unique in its coverage of the vast scope of that tradition, this book is an essential companion for students of literature of all kinds and in all ages.

The Cambridge Companion to the Greek and Roman Novel

The Cambridge Companion to the Greek and Roman Novel

  • Author: Tim Whitmarsh
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 1139827979
  • Category: History
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The Greek and Roman novels of Petronius, Apuleius, Longus, Heliodorus and others have been cherished for millennia, but never more so than now. The Cambridge Companion to the Greek and Roman Novel contains nineteen original essays by an international cast of experts in the field. The emphasis is upon the critical interpretation of the texts within historical settings, both in antiquity and in the later generations that have been and continue to be inspired by them. All the central issues of current scholarship are addressed: sexuality, cultural identity, class, religion, politics, narrative, style, readership and much more. Four sections cover cultural context of the novels, their contents, literary form, and their reception in classical antiquity and beyond. Each chapter includes guidance on further reading. This collection will be essential for scholars and students, as well as for others who want an up-to-date, accessible introduction into this exhilarating material.

The Cambridge Companion to Roman Satire

The Cambridge Companion to Roman Satire

  • Author: Kirk Freudenburg
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 9780521803595
  • Category: History
  • Page: 352
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Satire as a distinct genre of writing was first developed by the Romans in the second century BCE. Regarded by them as uniquely 'their own', satire held a special place in the Roman imagination as the one genre that could address the problems of city life from the perspective of a 'real Roman'. In this Cambridge Companion an international team of scholars provides a stimulating introduction to Roman satire's core practitioners and practices, placing them within the contexts of Greco-Roman literary and political history. Besides addressing basic questions of authors, content, and form, the volume looks to the question of what satire 'does' within the world of Greco-Roman social exchanges, and goes on to treat the genre's further development, reception, and translation in Elizabethan England and beyond. Included are studies of the prosimetric, 'Menippean' satires that would become the models of Rabelais, Erasmus, More, and (narrative satire's crowning jewel) Swift.

The Cambridge Companion to Virgil

The Cambridge Companion to Virgil

  • Author: Charles Martindale,Emeritus Professor of Latin Charles Martindale
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 9780521498852
  • Category: History
  • Page: 370
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Seventeen essays from an internationally distinguished team of scholars.

The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Rhetoric

The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Rhetoric

  • Author: Erik Gunderson
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 1139827804
  • Category: Literary Collections
  • Page: 355
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Rhetoric thoroughly infused the world and literature of Graeco-Roman antiquity. This Companion provides a comprehensive overview of rhetorical theory and practice in that world, from Homer to early Christianity, accessible to students and non-specialists, whether within classics or from other periods and disciplines. Its basic premise is that rhetoric is less a discrete object to be grasped and mastered than a hotly contested set of practices that include disputes over the very definition of rhetoric itself. Standard treatments of ancient oratory tend to take it too much in its own terms and to isolate it unduly from other social and cultural concerns. This volume provides an overview of the shape and scope of the problems while also identifying core themes and propositions: for example, persuasion, virtue, and public life are virtual constants. But they mix and mingle differently, and the contents designated by each of these terms can also shift.

The Cambridge Companion to Lucretius

The Cambridge Companion to Lucretius

  • Author: Stuart Gillespie,Philip Hardie
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 9781139827522
  • Category: History
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Lucretius' didactic poem De rerum natura ('On the Nature of Things') is an impassioned and visionary presentation of the materialist philosophy of Epicurus, and one of the most powerful poetic texts of antiquity. After its rediscovery in 1417 it became a controversial and seminal work in successive phases of literary history, the history of science, and the Enlightenment. In this 2007 Cambridge Companion experts in the history of literature, philosophy and science discuss the poem in its ancient contexts and in its reception both as a literary text and as a vehicle for progressive ideas. The Companion is designed both as an accessible handbook for the general reader who wishes to learn about Lucretius, and as a series of stimulating essays for students of classical antiquity and its reception. It is completely accessible to the reader who has only read Lucretius in translation.

The Cambridge Companion to Ovid

The Cambridge Companion to Ovid

  • Author: Philip Hardie
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 9780521775281
  • Category: History
  • Page: 408
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Accessible but exciting critical handbook on one of the greatest writers of classical antiquity.

The Cambridge Companion to Greek Comedy

The Cambridge Companion to Greek Comedy

  • Author: Martin Revermann
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 0521760283
  • Category: Drama
  • Page: 520
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Provides a unique panorama of this challenging area of Greek literature, combining literary perspectives with historical issues and material culture.