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~DOWNLOAD PDF ♌ Twelve Voices from Greece and Rome ⚆ Twelve Voices From Greece And Rome Is A Book For All Readers Who Want To Know About The Literature That Underpins Western Civilization Chistopher Pelling And Maria Wyke Provide A Vibrant And Distinctive Introduction To Twelve Of The Greatest Authors From Ancient Greece And Rome, Writers Whose Voices Still Resonate Strongly Across The Centuries Homer, Sappho, Herodotus, Euripides, Thucydides, Plato, Caesar, Cicero, Virgil, Horace, Juvenal, And TacitusTo What Vital Ideas Do These Authors Give Voice And Why Are We So Often Drawn To What They Say Even In Modern Times Twelve Voices Investigates These Tantalizing Questions, Showing How These Great Figures From Classical Antiquity Still Address Some Of Our Most Fundamental Concerns In The World Today Of War And Courage, Dictatorship And Democracy, Empire, Immigration, City Life, Art, Madness, Irrationality, And Religious Commitment , And Express Some Of Our Most Personal Sentiments About Family And Friendship, Desire And Separation, Grief And HappinessThese Twelve Classical Voices Can Sound Both Compellingly Familiar And Startlingly Alien To The Twenty First Century Reader Yet They Remain Suggestive And Inspiring, Despite Being Rooted In Their Own Times And Places, And Have Profoundly Affected The Lives Of Those Prepared To Listen To Them Right Up To The Present Day
I read half of it for class, and tried to finish it at the recommendation of my professor It was just as bad as the parts I had read. Very nice, although from Italian and lover of literature, I had already read all of these authors and their best works In addition, the Greek authorsthan once made me regret not having studied ancient greek at school, even though I was so bad in Latin,that perhaps it is better so Anthology with the best poetry and issues by the 12 best ancient authors, that have nothing to envy to those present.Molto bello, anche se da italiana e amante della letteratura, avevo gi presenti tutti questi autori e le loro opere migliori Inoltre gli autori greci pi di una volta mi hanno fatto rimpiangere di non aver studiato greco antico a scuola, anche se considerato quanto ero scarsa in latino, forse stato meglio cos Antologia con i migliori brani e le tematiche pi belle affrontate da 12 autori antichi di capolavori, che non hanno niente da invidiare a quelli attuali.THANKS TO NETGALLEY AND OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS FOR THE PREVIEW An excellent, very well written book, enjoyed it very much An informal, sometimes even personal introduction to infamous classic authors by two scholars. Was looking for something to read at NYPL and stumbled upon this book The text on the back and inside flaps made it sound interesting However it was not.I found it a bit dry I had the feeling it was going to be a book about how the writings of Antiquity, folks like Homer, Sappho, Herodot, Virgil, resonate in our world today I made me think of Michel de Montaigne and how his common sense writings reflect the human condition the fact that it does not change through the ages.But this book was not that I was disappointed Found it poorly written. I find it fascinating how certain authors from the past have remained with us, somehow never becoming irrelevant and always finding an audience No matter how they have been passed down to us, through their own writing or the words of others, there are some names which have remained with us for centuries So when I saw Twelve Voices I snapped it up immediately Thanks to Netgalley and Oxford University Press for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.Much of Western civilization does seem built upon Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire I say seem because when we think of these two we usually have both very distinct and vague image in our heads The Greeks wore togas and the Romans were gladiators, right I studied Greek and Latin in high school and am currently studying as a Medievalist, so my view of both Greece and Rome continuously changes I have come to the conclusion that since we ll never know exactly what these places and eras were like, it isfruitful to look at what relevance they still have to us As such, Twelve Voices from Greece and Rome is incredibly topical and useful The list of voices up for discussion is in many ways a Who s Who of philosophy and history Even if you ve never read anything by them or about them, you will probably have heard of Homer, Plato, Caesar or Virgil And yet there are also definitely voices amongst these twelve which aren t as widely known, such as Sappho, Thucydides and Juvenal By bringing these together Pelling and Wyke are able to show the links between them, the things they share and how they come together to remain relevant.Pelling and Wyke both focus in on small details, words, phrases, lines, to show the direct emotional effect of the writing, as well as addressing such massive works as Caesar s Commentarii de Bello Gallico as a whole On the one hand this approach means that readers completely new to Classic authors get a great introduction to various aspects of these authors works However, at times the chapters also feel a little bit unfocused because of that At the end of each chapter you know that you re interested and want to know , but there s also no specific message to take away What makes up for this is how incredibly up to date the book is, including some of Sappho s most recently discovered poems, etc.Twelve Voices from Greece and Rome was a really interesting and fun read Pelling and Wyke are engaging writers who bring in their own experiences to show the reader that just because these voices are centuries old they aren t outdated I d recommend this to those with an initial interest in the Classics or those wanting to refresh their knowledge.For full review Wonderful introduction to age old but vibrantly eloquent and contemporary voices from the past Highly recommended if you don t know your Homer from your Hesoid, or if you do but want to give some arguably lesser known lights a fresh look. COCC PA3001.P35 2014 Twelve Voices explores the works of twelve key ancient Greek and Latin writers Although written by academics, this book is anything but dry and very much in touch with the audience it wants to reach out to those who are curious about what these ancient authors have to offer the modern reader.The book manages to provide each writer s background, the context in which the works were written and then relates it to the modern day, without being too wordy or patronising What emerges is that each writer has a very distinctive and interesting voice.Relevant and sometimes very full extracts are used to highlight and reveal the moves made by each writer to bring their message home or express and idea or emotion The book also uses novel ways to bring new dimensions to each ancient writer s work, for example a modern opera singer describes how to sing Queen Dido s lament The background for one of the Aeneid s translators is also addressed, because Robert Fitzgerald s experience as a soldier in the Second World War has relevance to his approach to Virgil s epic.Although using a primary translation for the quotes and comments, other translations are referred to for example John Dryden s of The Aeneid so that a reader can compare and contrast the different translation approaches, should they to choose to explore them.The act of zooming into the detail of word use and grammar and then pulling out for an overview really does draw out the complex textures of the ancient works This cleverly orchestrated exercise in orientation really does help a reader to enjoy the skill of the ancient authors This in turn gives a greater appreciation of these works indepth as well as being able to see them in a new light.Care has also been taken to ensure the most up to date information is at hand, particularly the new writing of Sappho that came out just as the book was going to press.