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Conclusion

Conclusion  

Helen Morales

in Classical Mythology: A Very Short Introduction

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Classical mythology is kept alive if the stories are being used and retold. It is a continual process of telling, retelling, provoking, reacting, analysing, and revising. The Conclusion ... More
2. Contexts, then and now

2. Contexts, then and now  

Helen Morales

in Classical Mythology: A Very Short Introduction

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Greek mythology was an essential part of an elite Roman's education. There is no single work that told all the myths. Mythographers wrote handbooks of myths to retell the stories. This ... More
4. Drama

4. Drama  

William Allen

in Classical Literature: A Very Short Introduction

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‘Drama’ considers two of the most popular genres of ancient literature — tragedy and comedy — and tries to account for their success as forms of mass entertainment. It shows how each of the ... More
2. Epic

2. Epic  

William Allen

in Classical Literature: A Very Short Introduction

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Epic was a prestigious but also malleable and enduring ancient literary form. ‘Epic’ shows that in societies where warfare was endemic, a genre which both celebrated and explored such ... More
Epilogue

Epilogue  

William Allen

in Classical Literature: A Very Short Introduction

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Naturally, one can’t cover everything worth mentioning about classical literature in a Very Short Introduction—or even a very long one—but I have tried to show that this literature is far ... More
6. Exile poetry

6. Exile poetry  

Llewelyn Morgan

in Ovid: A Very Short Introduction

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In 8/9 CE Ovid was sent by the emperor Augustus to the town of Tomi in modern Romania, at the time at the far edge of the Roman Empire. 'Exile poetry' focuses on the Tristia (Sad Songs) and ... More
5. The Fasti

5. The Fasti  

Llewelyn Morgan

in Ovid: A Very Short Introduction

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‘The Fasti’ is a study of the Fasti, Ovid’s poetic version of the Roman calendar. Each book of this poem corresponds to a month of the Roman calendar, and the books, like the Roman ... More
3. Gods and heroes

3. Gods and heroes  

Helen Morales

in Classical Mythology: A Very Short Introduction

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Greek and Roman religion was polytheistic. Subjects were never certain they were doing the right thing. You could be loyal to one god and at the same time angering another. There was no ... More
3. Greeks and Persians at war

3. Greeks and Persians at war  

Jennifer T. Roberts

in Herodotus: A Very Short Introduction

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‘Greeks and Persians at war’ highlights Herodotus's skills as a dramatist in his treatment of the Persian Wars. Pride of place has generally been given to the world-famous defeat at ... More
6. Herodotus and the divine

6. Herodotus and the divine  

Jennifer T. Roberts

in Herodotus: A Very Short Introduction

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‘Herodotus and the divine’ explains how much of The Histories turns on the importance of digesting and analysing oracular pronouncements with humility and caution. Herodotus uses the way ... More
4. Herodotus as ethnographer

4. Herodotus as ethnographer  

Jennifer T. Roberts

in Herodotus: A Very Short Introduction

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‘Herodotus as ethnographer’ explains how Herodotus's natural curiosity led him to pioneer a new field that would greatly broaden his fellow Greeks' understanding of the human community and ... More
8. Herodotus as historian

8. Herodotus as historian  

Jennifer T. Roberts

in Herodotus: A Very Short Introduction

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‘Herodotus as historian’ asks whether Herodotus merits the title of historian. It has been argued that he did not travel extensively, that he relied on the reports of others, and when those ... More
7. Herodotus as storyteller

7. Herodotus as storyteller  

Jennifer T. Roberts

in Herodotus: A Very Short Introduction

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‘Herodotus as storyteller’ explains how The Histories is made up of self-contained tales, most of which are microcosms of the larger text and offer guideposts as to how to read it. Slowing ... More
5. Historiography

5. Historiography  

William Allen

in Classical Literature: A Very Short Introduction

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‘Historiography’ looks at how the Greeks and Romans conceived and wrote about their past. The historian's work tells us as much about their own period as it does about any other. The ... More
1. History, genre, text

1. History, genre, text  

William Allen

in Classical Literature: A Very Short Introduction

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‘History, genre, text’ introduces this overview of classical literature, a period spanning over 1,200 years (c.750 bc to ad 500) and explains how these texts survived to this day. The ... More
10. An infernal journey

10. An infernal journey  

Barbara Graziosi

in Homer: A Very Short Introduction

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Of all his many adventures, Odysseus’ journey to the Underworld is his most extreme. He manages to reach the place most distant from home, and from life itself, yet return even from there. ... More
Introduction

Introduction  

Barbara Graziosi

in Homer: A Very Short Introduction

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The Introduction outlines the two main aims of this Very Short Introduction. The first is to facilitate an understanding of the Iliad and the Odyssey, by providing a succinct and up-to-date ... More
1. IntroductionP. Ovidius Naso

1. Introduction: P. Ovidius Naso  

Llewelyn Morgan

in Ovid: A Very Short Introduction

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'Introduction: P. Ovidius Naso' provides a background to the poetry of Publius Ovidius Naso, known as Ovid, describing the political circumstances of his life, a momentous shift from civil ... More
Introduction

Introduction  

Helen Morales

in Classical Mythology: A Very Short Introduction

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What is a myth? It is made up of three dimensions: lore, ideology, and pleasure. Scholars have come up with many definitions of a myth. The Introduction looks at what a myth is and its ... More
Introduction

Introduction  

Jennifer T. Roberts

in Herodotus: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2011
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What is the legacy of Herodotus? Who was he and what do we know about him? The Introduction looks at what we know and for what he is remembered. It was Herodotus who first undertook the ... More

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