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very wide ranging, without sacrificing subtlety of literary interpretation,
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This review is from: Classical Literature: A Concise History (Blackwell Introductions to the Classical World) (Paperback)
This book gives an excellent overview of all the major writers, and includes intriguing insights into some lesser writers too. The literature is set in a historical framework, without being smothered by issues arising from context. The idea of literary genre, and the evolution of different genres, is beautifully treated, and enlightening to a modern reader less familiar with ancient literary practice: for example, the chapter on rhetoric. Organisation in thematic chapters makes eminently good sense. Balancing the broad sweep covered by the book, examples from specific texts are treated with enjoyable zest and subtlety. The occasional dry wit of the writing is most appealing. Having read the book myself, I bought copies as gifts for teenage sons studying classics. They loved it!