: The Classical Tradition: Greek and Roman Influences on Western Literature (): Gilbert Highet: Books. Gilbert Highet. Oxford University Press and Stella, is not discussed. Otherwise, Highet comprehensively surveys the classical tradition in later Western thought. The Classical Tradition has 90 ratings and 14 reviews. This landmark book will you please provide a full ecopy of the Classical tradition of Gilbert highet?.
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As Highet states in the opening lines of his Preface, this book outlines “the chief ways in which Greek and Latin influence has moulded the literatures of western Europe and America. Academic Skip to main content. Whether this represents the truth is far beyond my capacity, only I submit that if I were a Frenchman, I would contest some of the outcomes.
If the very fact that a millenium of writers have turned – whether coerced by social convention or not – continuously to the Greco-Roman classics does not convince us, after rading this book one can’t help but wonder whether, beyond the frigid marmoreal busts that say nothing and the wild raging toga party orgies, the ancients really have something very urgent to say to the present, or that they say it better than any of us alive.
Highet’s clear writing style allows him to condense a massive amount of information into short chapters. William Caxton turned this into English inand his version together with Chaucer’s poems and Chapman’s Homer—is probably the source of Shakespeare’s ‘Triolus and Cressida’. Enticed by Highet’s impressive mastery of his subject, charmed by his sense of humor, we can’t help but feel a shade of relief at some of the old masters rudimentary grasp of the old texts, which proves to make our own seem, if not less insensible, to at least draw strength from miserable company To summarize what he covers is a near-impossible task.
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I would recommend this for any apologist for classics, and for any student of Western literature who does not feel that they adequately understand the debt to Greece and Rome. The book, like Curtius’ European Literature and the Latin Middle Ages, is a monument to a certain moment of midth-century classicism, deeply humane, fundamentally conservative, committed to putting back together what seemed like the shattered pieces of Western civilization in the wake of Nazi barbarism.
Only the chapter on Modernism slightly disappointed me. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million traditkon. GH is very particular about clear writing hoghet by footnotes and scientific layering as well as uncontaminated by professional jargon.
Amazon Classical Food delivery from local restaurants. Greek and Roman Influences on Western Literature. Ever wanted an approachable and informative guide to Western Literature? I had classcial good fortune to read The Classical Tradition right after finishing Werner Jaeger’s “Paideia” and the two works make an incredibly compelling case for the importance of classical study. Refresh and try again. Otherwise, Highet comprehensively surveys the classical tradition in later Western thought.
It is a tremendous undertaking, not to be traditiin lightly, and it is to be expected, perhaps, that any author would fall short. Aug 19, Christian V rated it it was amazing. Highet shows us both how ancient books shaped later readers, and how medieval and modern writers used classical elements to build their own, distinctive literatures.
The Classical Tradition: Greek and Roman Influences on Western Literature by Gilbert Highet
Best overview of western lit I have ever read. It is fine to treat artists, clasxical the greatest ones, as humans with all the corresponding faults, whims and the like; but sometimes the approach seems to be somewhat excessively judgemental and ad hominem while, to be sure, still somehow always manages to remain respectful and probably fair.
Higjet a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. It sent me back to check out guys like Ovid and Horace, who have been pretty enjoyable, as well as Juvenal and Epictetus less so.
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Oxford University Press Amazon. A Note on Baroque show more. It is its vast scope, its capacious overview, that gives it its power. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Epic ; Chapter 9: Every now and tradjtion he traditiob that a woman had been carried off by outlaws and sold, or described a half-civilized northern barbarian potentate who was more powerful than any Roman.
Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Parallel expressions in the American revolution Building momentum through Byron, Tennyson, and the rise of “art of art’s sake”, Highet, at last, arrives at his conclusion: One person found this helpful. The letters, which are bright and interesting, somehow survived the many centuries of savagery, massacre, gang-rule, and primitivism which followed his death. A very enlightening book. Jun 18, Michael rated it it was amazing. Selected pages Title Page.
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Highet shows us both how ancient books shaped later readers, and how medieval and modern writers used classical elements to build their own, distinctive literatures. Very detailed and thought out.
Though his humanist style may appear out-of-date in today’s postmodernist world, there is a value to ensuring this influential work reaches a new generation, and Highet’s light touch and persuasive, engaging voice guarantee the book’s usefulness for a contemporary audience.
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The Classical Tradition : Greek and Roman Influences on Western Literature
Jul 31, Andrew Fairweather rated it really liked it Shelves: There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Sometimes Highet does fall short, but only sometimes, and often, in my opinion, because his prose style is not as polished as that of the great classical authors about whom he writes.
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