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p. 606. Grand Theorieslocked

  • Mary Beard
  •  and John Henderson


‘Grand Theories’ focuses on the continuing efforts to make available the most authentic texts of classical literature. Classical editors explain the language and content of the works they study in the form of commentary, line-by-line notes on the text, which attempt to anticipate and answer the questions that readers are likely to raise. The Greek myths are still one of the most common ways that Classics first comes to our notice. Over the last hundred years much theorizing has gone into accounting for these myths. Using examples from the work of Sigmund Freud, Sir James Frazer, and Shakespeare, their interpretations of Homer and Ovid can be seen to shape more modern readings.

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