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Classics : Why It Matters - Neville Morley


Why It Matters

Paperback Published: 28th March 2018
ISBN: 9781509517930
Number Of Pages: 140

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Classics ought to be obsolete. Few today believe that learning Greek and Latin is the best training for the mind, or that the study of classical literature and art produces more cultivated, creative individuals. The claim that classical cultures are the root of modern Western civilisation, far surpassing inferior non-Western societies, has long been repudiated, and is tainted by its association with racism, imperialism and elitism.

And yet Classics survives, not (or not only) as a marker of wealth and privilege but as a forward-looking and even radical discipline. In this incisive book, Neville Morley explores the present and future of the subject. Classics, he argues, is a mongrel that takes ideas from every other field and questions everything, including itself. This broad-minded, critical approach gives us an important new perspective from which to understand the world.

Introducing Polity's Why it Matters series: In these short and lively books, world-leading thinkers make the case for the importance of their subject and aim to inspire a new generation of students.

Industry Reviews

‘Professor Morley not only justifies his long-standing commitment to classics but also provokes his readers to reflect upon its nature and significance. A brilliant success!’ 
Paul Cartledge, Clare College, Cambridge

‘Morley shows how the ideas, arts and interpretations of Graeco-Roman culture have shaped the present, for both good and ill, and demonstrates how a new generation of scholars are revitalizing the study of classics.’ 
Sarah Bond, University of Iowa

ISBN: 9781509517930
ISBN-10: 1509517936
Series: Companions to Linguistics series (CLNZ)
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 140
Published: 28th March 2018
Publisher: Polity Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.0 x 12.5  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.17

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