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This review is from: Confronting the Classics: Traditions, Adventures and Innovations (Kindle Edition)
Beard gives the reader an overview of what we really know about Greek and Roman classical history. In a series of book reviews, Beard explains what we know and what we don't know about these seminal times given the records abvailable. She provides some interesting perspectives on what might have happened given the information we have and encourages you to consider the evidence and make your own judgement on what might be the truth instead of just accepting what others have said. This after all, is what history is really about. Not always a light read, Beard's articles are nonetheless, enlightening and entertaining. Highly recommended to those wanting to know a little more about the beginnings of Western society.
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Initial post: 28 May 2013 10:54:46 BDT
T. C. Casagranda says:
It's more than "an overview". If you have read the book, you'll find that Classics, as an academic discipline, isn't just history, but literature, ranging from Epic, Tragedy, Old Comedy, New Comedy, philosophy, rhetoric, and that academic research in classics can cover a variety of bases, i.e. New Historicism, Marxism, Feminism, semiotics and semantics. To bracket it under "history" is, in my opinion, missing the boat somewhat.
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