"An engaging study of the interplay between Greek views of poetry as a source of ecstasy and as a medium for truth and human values. Highly recommended."--CHOICE
"A deeply learned collection of essays ... a book so rich in innovative readings of Greek literary theory"--Llewelyn Morgan, Times Literary Supplement
"Thoughtful and often innovative approaches ... I found his arguments persuasive and his scholarship very impressive... a consistently useful guide through the vast ocean of scholarship on this important area"--Stephen Chambers, Journal of Classics Teaching
"A probing overview of the Greek critical tradition... add[s] complexity and nuance to longstanding concerns...a subtle and humane defense of poetry... Halliwells arguments [are] closely reasoned, comprehensively informed and clear."--Andrew Ford, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
"Halliwell's analyses are always intelligent, sharp and illuminating."--René Nünlist, Classical Journal
"Important new book ... very rich and original ... subtle, precise, and judicious in its boldness."---Piero Boitani, Il sole 24 Ore
About the Author
Stephen Halliwell is Professor of Greek at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. He taught previously at the universities of Oxford, London, Cambridge, and Birmingham, and has held visiting professorships in Belgium, Canada, Italy, and the USA. He has published extensively on Greek literature, philosophy, and culture, as well as on the influence of Greek texts in the later history of ideas. His last two books both won international prizes: Greek Laughter: A Study of Cultural Psychology from Homer to Early Christianity was awarded the Criticos Prize for 2008; The Aesthetics of Mimesis: Ancient Texts and Modern Problems (2002) won the Premio Europeo d'Estetica in 2008, and has been translated into Italian.