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Classical Literature: A Very Short Introduction

William Allan

March 2014

ISBN: 9780199665457

160 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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William Allan's Very Short Introduction provides a concise and lively guide to the major authors, genres, and periods of classical literature. Drawing upon a wealth of material, he reveals just what makes the 'classics' such masterpieces and why they continue to influence and fascinate today.

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William Allan's Very Short Introduction provides a concise and lively guide to the major authors, genres, and periods of classical literature. Drawing upon a wealth of material, he reveals just what makes the 'classics' such masterpieces and why they continue to influence and fascinate today.

  • Provides a concise, lucid, yet broad overview of classical literature
  • Includes a range of examples of original Greek and Latin literature to explore its enduring influence and power to fascinate
  • Ideal for students of classics, literature, and history, as well as for the intelligent general reader looking to learn more about the subject

About the Author(s)

William Allan, Fellow in Classics, University College, Oxford

William 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.

Table of Contents

    List of Illustrations
    Preface
    1:History, Genre, Text
    2:Epic
    3:Lyric and Personal Poetry
    4:Drama
    5:Historiography
    6:Oratory
    7:Pastoral
    8:Satire
    9:Novel
    Epilogue
    Maps
    Further Reading
    Index