A Companion to Classical Receptions by Lorna Hardwick, Christopher Stray

By Lorna Hardwick, Christopher Stray

Studying the great quantity of how during which the humanities, tradition, and considered Greece and Rome were transmitted, interpreted, tailored and used, A better half to Classical Receptions explores the influence of this phenomenon on either old and later societies.

  • Provides a accomplished creation and evaluation of classical reception - the translation of classical artwork, tradition, and idea in later centuries, and the quickest starting to be sector in classics
  • Brings jointly 34 essays by way of a global staff of individuals excited by old and smooth reception strategies and practices
  • Combines shut readings of key receptions with wider contextualization and discussion
  • Explores the effect of Greek and Roman tradition around the world, together with an important new parts in Arabic literature, South African drama, the historical past of images, and modern ethics

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Hunter 2004: esp. 239). 1 in Erbse 1969–88). 50). Moving backwards in time, Aristophanes, in the fifth century bce, used it once, in a mock version of an oracle (Peace 1076). For Hesiod, earlier still, it was associated with the heroic age (Works and Days 161). In the Iliad, it was already treated as an obscure and heroic word: within the poem, it is often accompanied by more ordinary synonyms. Such internal explanations, or glosses, are common in the Iliad and suggest that ancient expressions were actively received and explained for the audiences of the poem.

It requires changes in approach when transferring the terms from one example to the next. Not just the poems, sculptures, pamphlets and ideologies that fall under the rubrics of tradition and reception are context-dependent, but so are the concepts themselves. This need for sensitivity to context prompted us to concentrate on case studies rather than general discussion, and we hope this focus has justified itself. Before we end, though, we need to address an issue that is raised by our particular choice of examples.

Cowley’s ‘Drinking’ is linked with Anacreon through a long chain of what we might call intermediate acts of reception. Without doubt the most influential is the late antique and Byzantine Anacreontea collection, which itself constitutes a reception of Anacreon. The Anacreon of Cowley and his contemporaries was not the Anacreon printed in today’s editions but the Anacreontea. Most intermediate acts of reception are less momentous, of course, and do not reshape perceptions of an earlier text or author to the same degree.

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