Classical Criticism and Anthologies
The Theater of War
What Ancient Greek Tragedies Can Teach Us Today
1st Edition Hardcover ISBN: 0307959457
Draws on the celebrated director's work to evaluate the therapeutic potential of the ancient artistic tradition of socially conscious theater, demonstrating how audiences who have suffered from PTSD and other traumas have benefited from its messages and empathetic style.
War And The Iliad
Paperback ISBN: 1590171454
War and the Iliad is a perfect introduction to the range of Homer's art as well as a provocative and rewarding demonstration of the links between literature, philosophy, and questions of life and death. Simone Weil's The Iliad, or the Poem of Force is one of her most celebrated works--an inspired analysis of Homer's epic that presents a nightmare vision of combat as a machine in which all humanity is lost. First published on the eve of war in 1939, the essay has often been read as a pacifist manifesto. Rachel Bespaloff was a French contemporary of Weil's whose work similarly explored the complex relations between literature, religion, and philosophy. She composed her own distinctive discussion of the Iliad in the midst of World War II--calling it "her method of facing the war"--and, as Christopher Benfey argues in his introduction, the essay was very probably written in response to Weil. Bespaloff's account of the Iliad brings out Homer's novelistic approach to character and the existential drama of his characters' choices; it is marked, too, by a tragic awareness of how the Iliad speaks to times and places where there is no hope apart from war. This edition brings together these two influential essays for the first time, accompanied by Benfey's scholarly introduction and an afterword by the great Austrian novelist Hermann Broch.
Who Killed Homer?
The Demise of Classical Education and the Recovery of Greek Wisdom
Paperback ISBN: 1893554260
With straightforward advice and informative readings of the great Greek texts, the authors show how we might still save classics and the Greeks for future generations. Who Killed Homer? is must reading for anyone who agrees that knowledge of classics acquaints us with the beauty and perils of our own culture.
Textual Approaches to the City
Paperback ISBN: 0521559529
"The city of Rome is built not only of bricks and marble but also of the words of its writers". Through the words of classical authors, the myths and memory of the place, and later writers such as Gibbon and Goethe, Edwards examines the literary topography of Rome. The author achieves a balance between minute details of life in the city with discussion of its mythic aspects reflected in literature. A little book but full of interesting material.