Classical Literature: An Epic Journey from Homer to Virgil and Beyond

classical_literaturefour-stars /5

Classical Literature: An Epic Journey from Homer to Virgil and Beyond is the perfect introduction for someone dabbling in the subject or who has just become interested in ii as it offers an overview of the most important moments in the development of classical literature and how the tradition changed over the centuries. For someone already familiar with the figures and methods of classical literature, some of the information will be redundant, but even these sections (such as those on Homer and Virgil) are clearly written and make for a great refresher or might serve to clarify certain points.

Aside from being clearly articulated and thoroughly researched,Classic Literature is true to its title and discusses everything from the poets mentioned in the title to the development of the fictional novel form. Author Richard Jenkyns’ commitment to this line of study is clear and his well-articulated ideas made for a very pleasant read. This is a great book for anyone interested in ancient Greek and Roman history or the originals of literature.


Originally published on San Francisco Book Review.

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