: The Classical Tradition: Greek and Roman Influences on Western Literature (): Gilbert Highet: Books. Gilbert Highet. Oxford University Press and Stella, is not discussed. Otherwise, Highet comprehensively surveys the classical tradition in later Western thought. The Classical Tradition has 90 ratings and 14 reviews. This landmark book will you please provide a full ecopy of the Classical tradition of Gilbert highet?.

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TCT is a remarkable survey nighet Western Literature. No trivia or quizzes yet. In our current academic climate of ressentiment and moral preening, old, dead white men like Highet are a breath of fresh air. Enticed by Yhe impressive mastery of his subject, charmed by his sense of humor, we can’t help but feel tradihion shade of relief at some of the old masters rudimentary grasp of the old texts, which proves to make our own seem, if not less insensible, to at least draw strength from miserable company This may be common knowledge, but the intricacy of influences as laid out by the author is certainly not.

First of all, the author is dazzlingly erudite; he is apparently at home in Greek, Latin, English, French, Spanish, German, and Italian at least. Critic and classical scholar, Gilbert Highet was born in Scotland, educated at Oxford, and taught at Oxford and Columbia for forty years.

Very detailed and thought out. Refresh and try again. See and discover other items: Excellent source for an introduction to the beginnings of Western Literature.

Greek and Roman Influences on Western Literature: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The Battle of the Books ; Chapter He tells of the many ways in which tragedy, satire, epic, ode, pastoral,lyric poetry were emulated and imitated but rarely surpassed their ancient originals.

Excellently written history of Western tradition. Its primary purpose is to show the hidden scaffolding of Greco-Roman classics in Western literature, age by country, by selecting a choice group of writers with his personal preferences attached. Dante and Pagan Antiquity ; Chapter 5: Because the book’s final and most salutary influence is that it reintroduces the Greco-Roman classics to our age where the classics field is increasingly untilled.


If the very fact that a millenium of writers have turned – whether coerced by social convention or not – continuously to the Greco-Roman classics does not convince us, after rading this book one can’t help but wonder whether, beyond the frigid marmoreal busts that say nothing and the wild raging toga party orgies, the ancients really have something very urgent to say to the present, or that they say it better than any of us alive.

Gilbert Highet Snippet view – Pastoral and Romance Chapter Alberto rated it it was amazing Sep 01, Sometimes the author is even drawn into the poetic realms – which is probably inevitable giving the subject matter – and soars among lofty metaphors and thrilling dramatic allegories.

The Battle of the Books Chapter I’m surprised this book was not assigned in any of my college literatu Best overview of western lit I have ever read. Traces the literary influence of Greek and Roman culture from the Dark Ages to the twentieth century.

The Classical Tradition: Greek and Roman Influences on Western Literature

Milton and the Metamorphosis of Ovid Maggie Kilgour. An Anthology of Great Myths and Epics: The richness of Renaissance epic. Petrarch, Boccaccio, Chaucer ; Chapter 6: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. So great thinkers and doers. Apr 27, J.

The Classical Tradition

David Purdy rated it it was amazing Dec 15, For instance, how in the Renaissance the simple act of translating Homer’s Iliad, Vergil’s Aeneid, Ovid’s Metamorphoses or Cicero’s speeches brought a flood of linguistic elements into the English, French and Spanish vernaculars, elements which we use in every sentence we utter today. Are these shadows on so many of our horizons the outriders of another long night, like that which was closing in upon Sidonius?


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But he did not understand that the barbarians and the outlaws were going to become more and more numerous and powerful; that the rich civilized cities were going to be attacked and destroyed in repeated wars and invasions; that the trades-routes would be broken, and remain broken for centuries; that the map was not rearranging its colors, but breaking up into isolated fragments; that law, and science, and philosophy, and cultivated codes of behavior, and of course the treasures of literature and art which he himself loved, were about to dissolve, most of them apparently for ever, some to survive in gross transformations half-understood, some to be preserved in monasteries like the relics of dormant seeds, to become alive only when they were restored to the light, hundreds of years later.

GH is very particular about clear writing uncluttered by footnotes and scientific layering as well as uncontaminated by professional jargon. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford.

The Classical Tradition – Gilbert Highet; Harold Bloom – Oxford University Press

Greek and Roman Influences on Western Literature Highet shows us both how ancient books shaped later readers, and how medieval and modern writers used classical elements to build their own, distinctive literatures.

There’s nothing like it around now. As any author who is enthusiastic about their subject, Highet’s book can read like a conversation of someone who is ultra-caffeinated!