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The Classical Tradition: Art, Literature, Thought presents an authoritative, coherent and wide-ranging guide to the afterlife of Greco-Roman antiquity in later Western cultures and a ground-breaking reinterpretation of large aspects of Western culture as a whole from a classical perspective. * Features a unique combination of chronological range, cultural scope, coherent argument, and unified analysis * Written in a lively, engaging, and elegant manner * Presents an innovative overview of the afterlife of antiquity * Crosses disciplinary boundaries to make new sense of a rich variety of material, rarely brought together * Fully illustrated with a mix of color and black & white images

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"It conducts, to its great benefit and ours, a properly theoretical enquiry....The book's structure and contents are highly innovative, with short, packed chapters, in the main driven by ideas not data, jointly written throughout by the three authors with their complementary expertise (so giving an intellectual consistency that a multi-authored volume necessarily lacks)... It belongs in the library of anyone who seriously cares about Western culture." (Translation and Literature, 2015)

"The authors are able to write a most readable book that has the merit to summarize the topic of the afterlife of antiquity with a variety not common in other books on the same subject. The emphasis on architecture, and not only on visual arts, and the references to political and aesthetic thought are most welcome." (Enthymema, 28 November 2014)

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The classical tradition--the legacy of Ancient Greece andRome--is a large, diverse and important field that continuesto shape human endeavour and engender wide public interest. TheClassical Tradition: Art, Literature, Thought presents anoriginal, coherent and wide-ranging guide to the afterlife ofGreco-Roman antiquity in later Western cultures and aground-breaking reinterpretation of large aspects of Westernculture as a whole - English-speaking, French, German andItalian - from a classical perspective. Encompassing almosttwo millennia of developments in art, literature, and thought, theauthors provide an overview of the field, a concise point ofreference, and a critical review of selected examples, from Titianto T. S. Eliot, from the hero to concepts of government. Theyengage in current theoretical debate on various fronts, fromhermeneutics to gender.

Themes explored include the Western languages and theircontinuing engagement with Latin and Greek; the role oftranslation; the intricate relationship of pagan and Christian; theideological implications of the classical tradition; the interplaybetween the classical tradition and the histories of scholarshipand education; the relation between high and low culture; and themyriad complex relationships--comparative, contrastive, andinteractive--between art, literature, and thought themselves.Authoritative and accessible, The Classical Tradition: Art, Literature, Thought offers new insights into the powerfullegacy of the ancient world from the Middle Ages and theRenaissance to the present day.

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