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p. 364. A Guide in Handlocked

  • Mary Beard
  •  and John Henderson

Abstract

‘A Guide in Hand’ shows how the survival of Classical works is both a matter of chance and dependent on the whole history of Classics and its changing interests and priorities, from the ancient world itself, through the Middle Ages, to the present day. The survival of Pausanias' Guidebook to Greece, Menander' s plays, and Juvenal' s poems, for example, is due to the medieval scribes who chose to copy and preserve their work. Classics is an engagement with a culture that was already engaged in reflecting on, debating, and studying both itself and the question of what it is to be a culture.

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