The Oxford Companion to Classical Literature

The Oxford Companion to Classical Literature[Download] ➹ The Oxford Companion to Classical Literature ➾ M.C. Howatson – From Achilles's heel to the sword of Damocles Western culture teems with allusions from the rich heritage of classical literature and this new edition of The Oxford Companion to Classical Literature t From Achilles's heel to the sword of Companion to PDF Ë Damocles Western culture teems with allusions from the rich heritage of classical literature and this new edition of The Oxford Companion to Classical Literature the first updating since Sir Paul Harvey's original edition of provides the key to these works and the ancient Greek and Roman civilizations that produced them Substantially revising the first edition The Oxford PDF \ this volume condenses the findings of the most recent scholarship into highly readable prose and supplies a wealth of background information not found in Harvey's Companion Indispensable to those studying classical literature in depth the book will be eually accessible to the non specialist All Greek is transliterated with translations given for all uotations from Greek and Latin The main focus of the Companion Oxford Companion to PDF ☆ remains the lives and works of the principal authors Biographical entries offer the essential facts and sift the conjectural evidence while entries on the major works include discussions of the philosophical dialogues and political speeches and plot summaries of the epic poems and plays The various literary forms epic comedy tragedy rhetorical writing are covered in depth supplemented by articles on the origins of the Greek and Latin alphabets and languages The Companion also puts this literature into its societal and historical contexts including many articles on political social and artistic achievements We learn for example about the political climate that produced the great speeches of Demosthenes and Cicero Orators statesmen and generals stalk the pages and major battles and conuests from the time of Alexander to the fall of Rome are summarized Articles on contemporary social s and religious beliefs help explain literary references while the glories of philosophy science and art are celebrated from Cynics to Stoics astronomy to water clocks and flute competitions to vase painting Helpful maps supplement geographical entries a chronological table provides an overview of the main historical and literary events and a systematic set of cross references links the entries The breadth and accuracy of this volume will surely make it the standard reference book of its kind for years to come. I got this book during my post graduation in English literature It helped me a lot in understanding the essentials of the classical literature and the myths and the history and the geography as well When I look back I find that I found something really useful It is a recommended book for students of literature who want to understand classical literature sufficiently Though it does lack some terms and a few other points can be improved the book is just awesome 40 stars This is arguably the best reference book for Classical literature It is not accurate to say that I have read this entire book but I have been using it fairly extensively since I acuired it in 1991 as part of an 8 volume leather bound set from Easton Press called the Complete Oxford Reference Set I have found it to be an excellent reference tool that is both easy to use and comprehensive 8809 O98 2013 It is such a nice book to keep It has covered almost everything about roman and greek legends and classical literature written by the scholars in a detail An excellent compendium of articles that provides clear and concise introductory material on a panoply of ancient Greek and Latin authors putting them into historical context There is enough academic depth to the entries to give undergraduates an entry point to the works covered but there is also a clarity and simplicity in each summary for people without the background of a classicist to enjoy This is the type of book that is to be sampled and dipped into or used as a ready reference For completists and those with serious academic reuirements the Oxford Classical Dictionary is appropriate Not as valuable as the Oxford Classical Dictionary but very useful in its own way Very good for overviews and fairly uick comments; doesn't go into the depth of the Classical Dictionary but is often an easier place to find the uick answer one wants I can't say I've read it but I referred to it a good amount while reading Homer for the first time It is definitely a uality companion and I found it to be very useful I give it 5 stars because it accomplishes the job it sets out to and I have no complaints The Oxford Companion to Classical Literature by M C Howatson 1989

The Oxford Companion to Classical Literature PDF/EPUB
  • Hardcover
  • 615 pages
  • The Oxford Companion to Classical Literature
  • M.C. Howatson
  • English
  • 01 April 2015
  • 9780198661214