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Greek Studies: A Series of Essays Paperback – July 17, 2006
About the Author
Harold Bloom is a distinguised literary critic and University Professor of the Humanities at Yale University. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Being a verbose and sometimes "poetic" writer myself, I can sympathize with Walter Pater's style and tone. However, I at least keep my ramblings in check to some degree, whereas the author of this book seems to have never heard back from the editor (who probably fell asleep while reading it). Despite all this, the content that can be identified and recognized in this book--the points, criticisms, and analyses--are intriguing and stimulating. Unfortunately, such content is smothered with prosetry and due to that, I admittedly could not give a rating any higher than two stars (2.4 stars to be exact). If you are an avid reader in Ancient Greek history and culture, you may want to give this a shot--it's free, anyway. Otherwise, you might as well not waste your time.
In other words, his writing tone and style is without a doubt beautiful and poetic in the highest degree. As for content and concision, however...
Ths book contains a preface by Charles L. Chadwell and nine essays written by Pater:
-A Study of Dionysus: The Spiritual Form of Fire and Dew
-The Bacchanals of Euripides
-The Myth of Demeter and Persephone I.
-The Myth of Demeter and Persephone II.
-Hippolytus Veiled: A Study from Euripides
-The Beginnings of Greek Sculpture--I. The Heroic Age of Greek Art
-The Beginnings of Greek Sculpture--II. The Age of Graven Images
-The Marbles of Aegina
-The Age of Athletic Prizemen: A Chapter in Greek Art
Pater was a scholar who knew a lot about Ancient Greek History and Myths, but his writing is not very easy to read: he built very long sentences with lots of parenthesises and comma's. To give you an idea of what the essays are like I copy the first two sentences of the first essay:
WRITERS on mythology speak habitually of the religion of the
Greeks. In thus speaking, they are really using a misleading
expression, and should speak rather of religions; each race and class
of Greeks--the Dorians, the people of the coast, the fishers--having
had a religion of its own, conceived of the objects that came nearest
to it and were most in its thoughts, and the resulting usages and
ideas never having come to have a precisely harmonised system, after
the analogy of some other religions.
I recommend this book only to people who are very, very intested in Ancient Greek History and don't mind long sentences.