- Series: Harvard University Press Reference Library (Book 21)
- Hardcover: 1088 pages
- Publisher: Belknap Press; First Edition edition (October 25, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0674035720
- ISBN-13: 978-0674035720
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 2.5 x 10.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #447,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Grafton's great work is not only a detailed source, say, on the last generations, such as West's, to live and breathe Classical literature, history and art, but on the Renaissance humanists as well.
I would take serious issue with one of the foregoing critics who complained that he could not find "Greece" in the index. I think he misses the point: "The Classical Tradition" is not about Greece, but about it's impact. He should have persevered and read the entries under "Greek, Ancient; Greek, Modern; Greek Anthology; and Greek Revival."
However, as one detractor justly complained, this is a heavy book. I wish it had been published in two volumes! FIVE STARS!!!
Items in the book are listed alphabetically, making it user-friendly. I suggest using it as an introductory guide to whatever ancient texts you may be reading. For an example, reading Plutarch's Lives, I would find Plutarch, then, the listing covering the personality I was to read about. The book places events in perspective and in relation to other events occuring at the same time.
If you are an historian, or just love history, this is definitely your book!
If you are the kind of person who likes to read random articles in the encyclopedia or random pages in the dictionary, this is for you. We pick up the book and read a few articles at random, just for the fun of it. Always enlightening.
If you are researching classical influences in a given period of history, let's say, the influences of the classical period on aesthetics over time, this is for you.
The cover art is perfect, showing many aspects of the classical tradition - all in one painting. Well done.
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just a fascinating book so beautifully done..if you are into this as am i it is a nice addition to the stuff you read about this.. Read morePublished on January 17, 2014 by J. craig
When I first saw this in paperback it looked boring, primarily cause of dictionary-type organization. A review open my eyes to its content irrespective of the organization. Read morePublished on May 18, 2013 by Juan C. Larach
This is a classic. Too big for a coffee table or a book shelf but an indispensable guide to the classic period.Published on April 2, 2013 by mrmrae
book in its original shrink wrapped paper. a magnificent volume. recommend to all humanists, teachers of literature, art So glad I bought it, half original pricePublished on March 20, 2013 by Prof. V. E. Kirkham
This is a good motto for this book - 'make haste slowly'. It is so rich in information and so well written that you want to just barrel ahead, but there is so much to absorb and... Read morePublished on March 9, 2013 by Ann F Miller
I always loved the classics! This is a very good reference text for those who wish to refresh themselves and learn of details they may not have known or forgotten. Read morePublished on December 14, 2012 by GHIGGS
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