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  • From Mycenae to Homerby T. B. L. Webster

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 130.00

    This book, first published in 1958, aims to describe Greek art and poetry within this ambiguous period of ancient history (often referred to as the Greek ?Dark Ages?), and to explore the possibilities of learning about Mycenaean civilisation from its own documents and not only from archaeology. Specifically, Webster utilises Michael Ventris? decipherment... more...

  • Pope, Homer, and Manlinessby Carolyn D. Williams

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 115.00

    The author here reassesses the concept of ?masculinity?, and argues that it cannot be seen as an absolute standard, but only as the product of perpetual conflict between competing and unstable models. The argument is sustained by a close reading of the problematic conflict between gendered values in eighteenth-century classical learning. Pope?s... more...

  • Apologizing for Socratesby Gabriel Danzig

    Lexington Books 2012; US$ 89.99

    Apologizing for Socrates places some of the Platonic and Xenophontic writings in the context of contemporary controversies over Socrates, providing a perspective in which many of the philosophic and literary features of the text can be explained. In addition, it sheds light on the apologetic techniques used by Plato and Xenophon. more...

  • A Commentary on Book 4 of Valerius Flaccus' Argonauticaby Paul Murqatroyd

    BRILL 2009; US$ 182.00

    This commentary examines the text of book 4 of Valerius Flaccus' "Argonautica," and explicates sense and references, but above all, it provides a critical appreciation of the poetry, with a focus on wit, humor, elegance, subtlety, narrative skill and creative engagement with forerunners. more...

  • Pliny the Elder: Themes and Contextsby Roy Gibson; Ruth Morello

    BRILL 2011; US$ 141.00

    Pliny's Naturalis Historia is a sophisticated encyclopaedia of the riches of the ancient world. The contributors to the present volume represent and join a new generation of critics who have begun to examine the dominant motifs which give shape to the work. more...

  • An Ecology of World Literatureby Alexander Beecroft

    Verso Books 2015; US$ 29.95

    What is a literature? How do literatures of different countries interact with each other? In this groundbreaking study, Alexander Beecroft develops a new way of thinking about world literature. Drawing on a series of examples and case studies, the book ranges from ancient epic to the contemporary fiction of Roberto Bolano and Amitav Ghosh. Beecroft... more...

  • Gilgamesh, Enkidu, and the Netherworld and the Sumerian Gilgamesh Cycleby Alhena Gadotti

    De Gruyter 2014; US$ 322.00

    Providing a new perspective on the Sumerian Gilgamesh stories, Alhena Gadotti argues that a Sumerian Gilgamesh Cycle was developed as early as Ur III, and that Gilgamesh, Enkidu, and the Netherworld was the first, not the last story of this cycle. Prompted by several texts that have come to light since Aaron Shaffer's 1963 publication of the text,... more...

  • Playful Philosophy and Serious Sophistryby Georgia Sermamoglou-Soulmaidi

    De Gruyter 2014; US$ 112.00

    This book provides an interpretation of Plato?s Euthydemus as a unified piece of literature, taking into account both its dramatic and its philosophical aspects. It sheds new light on some old questions, including the relation between knowledge, virtue and happiness. Further, it pays due attention to the arguments of the sophists that are often neglected,... more...

  • The Literary Mind and the Carving of Dragonsby Liu Hsieh; Vincent Yu-Chung Shih; Vincent Yu-Chung Shih

    New York Review Books 2015; US$ 19.95

    The Literary Mind and the Carving of Dragons is the first comprehensive work of literary criticism in Chinese, and one that has been considered essential reading for writers and scholars since it was written some 1,500 years ago. A vast compendium of all that was known about Chinese literature at the time, it is simultaneously a taxonomy and history... more...

  • Cervantes and the Mystery of Lawlessnessby Alban K. Forcione

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 31.50

    This examination of the last two tales of Cervantes' Novelas ejemplares reveals the Christian Humanist tradition implicit in the most elusive works of the collection. In his study of El casamiento enganoso and El coloquio de los perros Alban Forcione demonstrates that Cervantes retained in their ostensible pessimism the themes of Erasmus' vision of... more...