G.W. Bowersock, The ny overview of Books
“There is scarcely whatever on which he doesn't provide an unique aperçu, occasionally illuminating, occasionally easily provocative, yet constantly worthy reading... Jenkyns's view of historic 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 varieties of epic and poetry, the Greeks and Romans created the literary international we nonetheless inhabit this present day. Writing with verve and perception, wonderful classicist Richard Jenkyns explores 1000 years of classical civilization, wearing readers from the depths of the Greek darkish a while during the glittering heights of Rome’s empire.
Jenkyns starts off with Homer and the delivery of epic poetry prior to exploring the hypnotic poetry of Pindar, Sappho, and others from the Greek darkish a while. Later, in Athens’s classical age, Jenkyns exhibits the unconventional nature of Sophocles’s option to painting Ajax as a psychologically wounded warrior, how Aeschylus constructed 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 earlier than. Even St. Paul and different early Christian writers are artfully grounded the following of their classical literary context.
A dynamic and accomplished advent to Greek and Roman literature, Jenkyns’s Classical Literature is key analyzing for somebody looking a deeper realizing of the classics—and the intense origins of Western culture.
Library Journal, STARRED review
“[R]ich, witty, perceptive, and brief... the most effective 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 greater located to embark on this type of trip than Mr. Jenkyns.