Fifty Key Classical Authors (Routlegde Key Guides) by Rhiannon Ash, Alison Sharrock

By Rhiannon Ash, Alison Sharrock

A chronological advisor to influential Greek and Roman writers, Fifty Key Classical Authors is a useful advent to the literature, philosophy and heritage of the traditional global. together with essays on Sappho, Polybius and Lucan, in addition to on significant figures resembling Homer, Plato, Catullus and Cicero, this booklet is an important device for all scholars of classical civilization.

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The Silver is an odd one: during this time, people have a hundred-year-long childhood but only a short life thereafter. This may indicate a degeneration from the long lives of the Golden men (who never grew old, but eventually fell asleep and became ‘good spirits’) and perhaps also a symbolic representation of the youthfulness of mankind as a race. Fifty key classical authors 14 Hesiod might reasonably be described as the father of Western misogyny. In both poems, he tells versions of the story of Pandora, which is a story of how human life came to be as it is.

Many critics (including all those mentioned in the ‘Further reading’) have noted recently that much of the abuse of Lycambes seems to be traditional, and that the name itself suggests a kind of bogeyman (‘Wolf-walker’, as West puts it) from popular entertainment. Whether or not there is any real individual behind the character, he undoubtedly serves as a conventional enemy onto whom the blame-poet’s societally determined anger can be focused. Such scapegoating reinforces not only the approved behaviour but also the in-group’s sense of its communal identity.

69. Katz, Penelope’s Renown: Meaning and Indeterminacy in the Odyssey, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1991, p. 77. Powell (eds), A New Companion to Homer, Leiden, New York and Cologne: Brill, 1997, pp. 305–25. See also in this book Apollonius Rhodius, Callimachus, Hesiod, Lucan, Statius, Virgil Texts, translations and commentaries The Greek text is available in OCT, Teubner and Loeb. Lattimore. Jones in the Aris and Phillips Series. Edwards and N. Russo and M. FernandezGaliano published by Oxford University Press.

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