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The Shadow of the Parthenon: Studies in Ancient History and Literature (1972. Auflage)

von Peter Green (Autor)

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A lively combination of scholarship and unorthodoxy makes these studies in ancient history and literature unusually rewarding. Few of the objects of conventional admiration gain much support from Peter Green (Pericles and the "democracy" of fifth-century Athens are treated to a very cool scrutiny) but he has a warm regard for the real virtues of antiquity and for those who spoke with "an individual voice." The studies cover both history and literature, Greece and Rome. They range from the real nature of Athenian society to poets as diverse as Sappho and Juvenal, and all of them, without laboring any parallels, make the ancient world immediately relevant to our own. (There is, for example, a very perceptive essay on how classical history often becomes a vehicle for the historian's own political beliefs and fantasies of power.) The student of classical history will find plenty in this book to enrich his own studies. The general reader will enjoy the vision of a classical world which differs radically from what he probably expects.… (mehr)
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I am disposed to like anything written by Peter Green, and these essays on ancient Greek and Roman literature and history did not disappoint. His writing sparkles with his characteristic perception and dynamic approach and, as with his 'Classical Bearings', and 'Essays in Antiquity' (this is a companion volume to the latter title) there is much to enhance a general reader's vision of the ancient world as well as the classical student's - and differs in many respects from more orthodox academic reading. The conventional objects of veneration, i.e., Perikles' Athens, and what is termed 'the Parthenon myth', do not win unqualified endorsement from Dr Green, but he has a great regard for the true merits of antiquity, and for those who 'spoke with an individual voice' like Sappho & Archilochus.
The chapter on myths & symbols I found particularly effective - this being an area of personal study - and had a laugh at the description of Hawthorne's anxious Nineteenth century reduction of the Centaur Chiron. Even if for many of us 'Tanglewood Tales' may well have been our first introduction to ancient Greek myths, Green's cool, clear and concise prose dispels such Victoriana along with the patronizing beliefs of Charles Kingsley. The study entitled 'Clio Reviewed' (part II, on Thucydides) is a salient reminder of how classical history can too easily be a means of expression for historians' own political views. The ancient world does not touch our own times exclusively through the reception medium of 'swords & sandals' novels, TV and film - it has far more relevance than we are sometimes willing to recognise. ( )
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A lively combination of scholarship and unorthodoxy makes these studies in ancient history and literature unusually rewarding. Few of the objects of conventional admiration gain much support from Peter Green (Pericles and the "democracy" of fifth-century Athens are treated to a very cool scrutiny) but he has a warm regard for the real virtues of antiquity and for those who spoke with "an individual voice." The studies cover both history and literature, Greece and Rome. They range from the real nature of Athenian society to poets as diverse as Sappho and Juvenal, and all of them, without laboring any parallels, make the ancient world immediately relevant to our own. (There is, for example, a very perceptive essay on how classical history often becomes a vehicle for the historian's own political beliefs and fantasies of power.) The student of classical history will find plenty in this book to enrich his own studies. The general reader will enjoy the vision of a classical world which differs radically from what he probably expects.

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