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The Classical Tradition

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ISBN 9780674072275

Publication Date: 05/06/2013

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1088 pages

165 color illustrations

Belknap Press

Harvard University Press Reference Library

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“A vast cabinet of curiosities.”—Stephen Greenblatt

“Eclectic rather than exhaustive, less an encyclopedia than a buffet.”—Frederic Raphael, Literary Review

How do we get from the polis to the police? Or from Odysseus’s sirens to those of an ambulance? The legacy of ancient Greece and Rome is all around us, imitated, resisted, reworked, and misunderstood. In this beautifully illustrated and encyclopedic compendium, a team of leading scholars investigates the afterlife of this rich heritage in the fields of literature, philosophy, art, architecture, history, politics, religion, and science.

From Academy to Zoology, Aristotle and the Argonauts to Pegasus and Persia, The Classical Tradition looks at facts and adages, people, places, and ideas to reveal how the Classical tradition has shaped human endeavors from government to medicine, drama to urban planning, legal theory to popular culture. At once authoritative and accessible, learned and entertaining, it illuminates the vitality of these enduring influences.

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  • A Choice Outstanding Academic Title of 2011
  • A Barnes & Noble Review “Year’s Best Reading: 2010” Selection
  • A First Things Notable Book of 2010
  • A New York Times Editors’ Choice, 2010
  • A Washington Post Best Nonfiction Book of 2010
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