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Classical Literature: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) by [Allan, William]
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About the Author

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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2625 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 1 edition (27 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IBWCMOQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #81,819 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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You would not think that such a vast subject could in any way be done justice to in such a small book! Especially at the astonishingly cheap price! The next time you are on a train journey, or something equally tedious, take this book with you (it will fit into your pocket no bother!) and you will emerge refreshed, enlightened and with your mind improved no end. You might even want to learn more Classics! Whether you are a Classics expert and need your memory refreshed, or whether you have suffered from the ravages of modern education and therefore have missed out, this book is an excellent acquisition.
The idiomatic translations are brilliant. The Dyskolos is called "the old git", and if you look hard enough you will find someone with the unlikely name of "Captain Blowjob". It is cracking, readable stuff from a man who clearly got the best out of the Scottish educational system in the nick of time before they threw it all away!
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The perfect introduction to Classical Literature. Witty, elegantly written, and full of fascinating detail. I learned a huge amount in a very short time!
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Excellent.
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A really interesting read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Overview of the Genres 8 July 2015
By Oswald Sobrino - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Organized by genre (yet the genres are presented in historical order), Oxford scholar William Allan gives a nice overview that allows grad students and others to take a refreshing look at the big picture.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent little volume 24 April 2016
By K. Kehler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I picked this up out of curiosity, aware that it is practically impossible to cover such an enormous historical, cultural and intellectual terrain in so few pages. But I was surprised at what Allan achieved in this little book. It speaks to his cleverness -- and ability to be careful and concise -- that the book is so good. It is lucid and clear but chock-full of insights, even though space is at a premium. Just about anything he turns his attention to is illuminated. He talks intelligently about genre, authors, manuscript transmission of texts, sources and, last but not least, the content of various works: from drama to poetry to military history to epic and so on and on. Anyone interested in this subject will value this little volume a great deal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing little book! 15 April 2014
By caravela - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is the perfect introduction to Classical Literature. Witty, engagingly written, and full of fascinating detail. I learned a lot in a very short time!
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