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A History of Greek Literature

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ISBN-10: 0872203506
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If the student of Greek literature has room on his shelf for only one volume besides his texts, lexica, and grammar, that book should be Lesky. --Moses Hadas, The Classical World



. . . a masterwork, translated (from the second German edition) into beautiful and stimulating English. --Saturday Review

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 944 pages
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. (November 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0872203506
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872203501
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,102,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This book is not only an education about the whole history of Greek literature, it sets the standard for how to write such a book. Lesky is a philologist in the best German tradition. He sifts the arguments of the various key philologists as he goes through the problems along with the history. The history is superb from Homer through Hellenistic times. Lesky purposefully scants the Empire, the Roman Empire, that is, as well as Greek patristic literature. Also, a new version of this book has just come out in German as of 1998. I'm not a classical scholar, but it would be difficult to imagine any other book coming up to this book in covering this terrain. It makes other books look amateurish by comparison. I read this book this summer and am now rereading it.
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As a graduate student preparing for my literature exam, this book is very useful to me. It is comprehensive in its approach. The main draw back, though, is that the information in it is several decades old, and I will need to look elsewhere for more up-to-date scholarship and perspectives.
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This book is a thorough, judicious and elegantly written literary history, a lot more detailed than Moses Hadas' good but all too brief account; my only criticism is that carelessness by the printer caused pages 557 through 588 to be missing from my hardcover copy published by Crowell. I've seen another hardcover copy of the same edition of the book which also suffers from some missing pages at that point in the text, so I must assume this is a production defect probably present in a lot of copies of the Crowell hardcover edition. Apart from that problem, though, it's a very good book.
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