Classical Literature: A Very Short Introduction

Author: William Allan

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A concise and lively guide to the major authors, genres, and periods of classical literature. Drawing upon a wealth of material, he reveals just what makes the ‘classics’ such masterpieces and why they continue to influence and fascinate today. (160 pages)


ISBN: 9780199665457 | Publisher: Oxford University Press (UK) | Published: 2014

Category: Reading and writers, Very Short Introductions

From popular histories through to reworkings of classical subject matter by contemporary poets, dramatists, and novelists, the classical world and the masterpieces of its literature continue to fascinate readers and audiences in a huge variety of media. In this Very Short Introduction, William Allan explores what the 'classics' are and why they continue to shape our Western concepts of literature. Presenting a range of material from both Greek and Latin literature, he illustrates the variety and sophistication of these works, and considers examples from all the major genres. Ideal for the general reader interested in works of classic literature, as well as students at A-Level and university, this is a lively and lucid guide to the major authors and literary forms of the ancient period.