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Essays Ancient and Modern

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ISBN-10: 0801841070
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Knox is a noted classics scholar whose essays on Greek literature keep a nice balance between the claims of history and of art, between the discipline of research and the rights of interpretation. Most of his other subjects here come either from literary England or from the Spanish Civil War and World War II. The tragic destinies of nations, warriors, and kings run through this book in a dark undercurrent. Though many of the essays are lengthy book reviews, often full of scholarly dispute, the book as a whole reaches for a wider public of history lovers who will find rich resources here.
- Donald Ray, Mercy Coll. Lib., Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


This collection of essays is the work of a man whom one would like to have as a friend. It deserves to have a great success.

(Jasper Griffin New York Review of Books)

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press (September 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801841070
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801841071
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,016,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beautifully written essays on war, the legacy of Greek thought, the meaning of Sophocles' Oedipus the King for an Athenian audience in the aftermath of the plague, 20th-century English poetry and the author's personal experiences as a volunteer in the Spanish Civil War, an Allied military intelligence in occupied Normandy, and a classical scholar. Leaves you awed by his life and regretful that you haven't yet learned the classical languages.
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