By G.W. Bowersock
For numerous many years G. W. Bowersock has been certainly one of our prime historians of the classical international. This quantity collects seventeen of his essays, each one illustrating how the classical previous has captured the mind's eye of a few of the best figures in sleek historiography and literature. The essays the following diversity throughout 3 centuries, the eighteenth to the 20th, and are divided chronologically.
the good Enlightenment historian Edward Gibbon is largely the unifying strength of this assortment as he looks prominently within the first 4 essays, starting with Bowersock's attractive creation to the equipment and genius in the back of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Gibbon's profound impact is published in next essays on Jacob Burckhardt, the nineteenth-century student well-known for his heritage of the Italian Renaissance yet whose paintings on past due antiquity is barely now being totally favored; the fashionable Greek poet Constantine Cavafy, whose annotations on Gibbon's Decline and Fall let us know a lot approximately his personal historic poems; and eventually W. H. Auden, whose poem and little recognized essay "The Fall of Rome" have been, in quirky methods, tributes to Gibbon. the gathering reprints Auden's poem and essay in full.
the result's a wealthy survey of the early sleek and sleek makes use of of the classical prior by means of one in every of its most vital modern commentators.
Read or Download From Gibbon to Auden: Essays on the Classical Tradition PDF
Similar Ancient Classical books
Within the twenty-one poems of the Heroides, Ovid gave voice to the heroines and heroes of epic and fantasy. those deeply relocating literary epistles display the happiness and torment of affection, because the writers inform in their ache at separation, forgiveness of infidelity or anger at betrayal. The devoted Penelope wonders on the suspiciously lengthy absence of Ulysses, whereas Dido bitterly reproaches Aeneas for too eagerly leaving her mattress to persist with his future, and Sappho—the purely old determine portrayed here—describes her ardour for the cruelly rejecting Phaon.
Lately, China has produced a wealth of hominid fossils that shed new gentle at the process human evolution. This book--the first entire remedy of those fossil finds--offers a quick description of chinese language paleoanthropology and files all significant chinese language websites. unique translations of Chinese-language fabrics and new analyses of diverse fossils are integrated.
This highbrow historical past examines the reception of Carl von Clausewitz's army theories in Britain and the us. within the first entire research of the literature, Christopher Bassford argues that the influence of Clausewitzian thought has been underestimated and he follows the path of Clausewitzian impression from pre-1873 Britain to 1945.
During this penetrating and provocative overview of the present nation of faith and its results on society at huge, Philip J. Lee criticizes conservatives and liberals alike as he strains gnostic motifs to the very roots of yankee Protestantism. With references to a unprecedented spectrum of writings from assets as assorted as John Calvin, Martin Buber, Tom Wolfe, Margaret Atwood, and Emily Dickinson, he probes the consequences of gnostic considering on quite a lot of concerns.
Additional resources for From Gibbon to Auden: Essays on the Classical Tradition