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- DescriptionFrom popular histories through to reworkings of classical subject matter by contemporary poets, dramatists, and velists, the classical world and the masterpieces of its literature continue to fascinate readers and audiences in a huge variety of media. In this Very Short Introduction, William Allan explores what the 'classics' are and why they continue to shape our Western concepts of literature. Presenting a range of material from both Greek and Latin literature, he illustrates the variety and sophistication of these works, and considers examples from all the major genres. Ideal for the general reader interested in works of classic literature, as well as students at A-Level and University, this is a lively and lucid guide to the major authors and literary forms of the ancient period. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
- Author BiographyWilliam Allan is McConnell Laing Fellow and Tutor in Classics at University College, Oxford. His previous publications include five books and numerous articles on Greek tragedy and epic poetry.
- Author(s)Colonel William Allan
- PublisherOxford University Press
- Date of Publication27/03/2014
- SubjectLiterary Studies: Textbooks & Study Guides
- Series TitleVery Short Introductions
- Place of PublicationOxford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintOxford University Press
- Content NoteApprox. 8 black and white illustrations and 2 maps
- Weight126 g
- Width114 mm
- Height174 mm
- Spine9 mm
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