“There is scarcely whatever on which he doesn't supply an unique aperçu, occasionally illuminating, occasionally easily provocative, yet consistently worthy reading... Jenkyns's view of old literature is Olympian.”
The writings of the Greeks and Romans shape the bedrock of Western tradition. Inventing the molds for histories, tragedies, and philosophies, whereas pioneering radical new sorts of epic and poetry, the Greeks and Romans created the literary international we nonetheless inhabit at the present time. Writing with verve and perception, extraordinary classicist Richard Jenkyns explores 1000 years of classical civilization, sporting readers from the depths of the Greek darkish a while during the glittering heights of Rome’s empire.
Jenkyns starts with Homer and the delivery of epic poetry ahead of exploring the hypnotic poetry of Pindar, Sappho, and others from the Greek darkish a long time. Later, in Athens’s classical age, Jenkyns exhibits the novel nature of Sophocles’s option to painting Ajax as a psychologically wounded warrior, how Aeschylus built tragedy, and the way Herodotus, in “inventing history,” dropped at narrative an epic and tragic caliber. We meet the strikingly glossy determine of Virgil, suffering to reflect epic artwork in an age of empire, and adventure the affection poems of Catullus, who imbued verse with obsessive ardour as by no means prior to. Even St. Paul and different early Christian writers are artfully grounded the following of their classical literary context.
A dynamic and complete advent to Greek and Roman literature, Jenkyns’s Classical Literature is key studying for an individual looking a deeper figuring out of the classics—and the intense origins of Western culture.
Library Journal, STARRED review
“[R]ich, witty, perceptive, and brief... the best introductions to be had to the final reader.”
Christopher B. Krebs (author of A most deadly Book), The Wall road Journal
"[A]ccessible and enjoyable... few students are higher located to embark on the sort of trip than Mr. Jenkyns.