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History of Greek Literature : From Homer to the Hellenistic Period - Albrecht Dihle

History of Greek Literature

From Homer to the Hellenistic Period

Hardcover Published: 20th September 1994
ISBN: 9780415086202
Number Of Pages: 344

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The most up-to-date history of Greek literature from its Homeric origins to the age of Augustus. Greek literary production throughout this period of some eight centuries is embedded in its historical and social context, and Professor Dihle sees this literature as a historical phenomenon, a particular mode of linguistic communication, with its specific forms developing both in an organic way and in response to the changing world around. In this it differs from conventional humanist approaches to Greek and Latin literature which analyse the works as objects of timeless value independent of any historical setting or purpose.
This magisterial survey by one of the leading European authorities on classical literature will establish itself, as it already has in Germany, as the standard account of the subject.

"He writes with such verve and grasp, deftly passing over all that is inessential, that one is induced to reach again for one's Thucydides or Aristophanes." -Mainzer Volksblatt "An original power of conceptualisation repeatedly opens up new perspectives, even in these well-known and much discussed areas of Greek literature, and provides the reader with a new wealth of learning as well as aesthetic enjoyment." -Erich Thummer, "Anzeiger fur Altertumswissenschaft "This translation of Dihle's 1991 publication offers a thorough literary history that reads more like a story than a handbook ... Especially uesful for those who want a broad understanding of the developments in Greek literature from Homer up to the time of Augustus." -"Religious Studies Review

Preface
Archaic Literature
The Beginnings and Early Epic Poetry
The Earliest Non-epic Poetry
Early Prose
Late Archaic Poetry
Philosophy and Science Classical Literature of the Fifth Century B.C
Aeschylus and the Beginnings of Tragedy
Sophocles and Euripides
Old Comedy
Philosophy, Rhetoric and Science
Herodotus and Thucydides Classical Literature of the Fourth Century B.C
Socrates and Socratic Literature
Plato, Aristotle and their Schools
Rhetoric
Entertainment Literature, Factual Literature and Historiography
Poetry Hellenistic Literature
Hellenism and its Philosophy
Dramatic Poetry
Callimachus and Lyric Poetry
Apollonius Rhodius and Epic Poetry
Theocritus and Pastoral Poetry
The Epigram
Specialist Prose and Rhetoric
Historiography and Geography
Entertainment Literature
Jewish Literature
Epilogue
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780415086202
ISBN-10: 0415086205
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 20th September 1994
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 3.23
Weight (kg): 0.74
Edition Number: 1