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The Resource Backing into the future : the Classical tradition and its renewal, Bernard Knox

Backing into the future : the Classical tradition and its renewal, Bernard Knox

Label
Backing into the future : the Classical tradition and its renewal
Title
Backing into the future
Title remainder
the Classical tradition and its renewal
Statement of responsibility
Bernard Knox
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Bernard Knox, "the foremost classicist of our time" (Maynard Mack), presents a collection of illuminating essays on diverse topics, united by their common defense of the classics, by their common concern that renewal and innovation go hand in hand with tradition, and by Knox's wit, humanity, and elegant prose. Backing into the Future opens with a group of essays on individual "Poets and Heroes" of antiquity (exploring such topics as Homer's masterly psychological insight
  • Into the character of Achilles, the playful and startlingly obscene poetry of Catullus, and Ovid's poetry of exile). The book then spirals gracefully outward to "Men, Gods, and Cities" (including essays on the Delphic Oracle, the brief and glorious appearance of Athenian democracy in fifth-century Athens, the "quarrel" between Greek tragedy and Greek philosophy, and Caligula - an emperor who has been, Knox argues, the victim of centuries of bad press). The collection
  • Closes with reflections on "Renewals"--The survival and transformation of the classics into the present age - reflections that include critiques of Derek Walcott's brilliant narrative poem Omeros and T.E. Lawrence's fascinating translation of the Odyssey, as well as thoughts on the problems of teaching the classics today. Backing into the Future encompasses the many lives of Bernard Knox - classicist, historian, literary critic, and defender of the humanities - a man
  • Who has brought the world of ancient Greece and Rome to life for the uninitiated reader and scholar alike
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1914-2010
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Knox, Bernard
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Homer
  • Classical literature
  • Civilization, Western
  • Literature, Modern
  • Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.)
  • Classical literature
  • Classicism
Label
Backing into the future : the Classical tradition and its renewal, Bernard Knox
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
I. Poets and Heroes -- Godlike Achilles -- What Did Achilles Look Like? -- Caviar to the General -- The Poet as Prophet -- Passion and Playfulness -- The Poet in Exile -- II. Men, Gods, and Cities -- The Athenian Century -- The God as Prophet -- How Should We Live? -- Poet and Polis -- And in Better Condition -- Philosopher and Polls -- Two Emperors -- Los Olvidados -- III. Renewals -- Odysseus of Arabia -- On Two Fronts -- America's Rome -- Geistosgeschichte and Quatsch -- Achilles in the Caribbean
Control code
28183896
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
351 pages
Isbn
9780393035957
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)1580232
Label
Backing into the future : the Classical tradition and its renewal, Bernard Knox
Publication
Note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
I. Poets and Heroes -- Godlike Achilles -- What Did Achilles Look Like? -- Caviar to the General -- The Poet as Prophet -- Passion and Playfulness -- The Poet in Exile -- II. Men, Gods, and Cities -- The Athenian Century -- The God as Prophet -- How Should We Live? -- Poet and Polis -- And in Better Condition -- Philosopher and Polls -- Two Emperors -- Los Olvidados -- III. Renewals -- Odysseus of Arabia -- On Two Fronts -- America's Rome -- Geistosgeschichte and Quatsch -- Achilles in the Caribbean
Control code
28183896
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
351 pages
Isbn
9780393035957
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)1580232

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