Includes bibliographical references (p. 315-326) and index.
Preface Archaic Literature 1. The Beginnings and Early Epic Poetry 2. The Earliest Non-epic Poetry 3. Early Prose 4. Late Archaic Poetry 5. Philosophy and Science Classical Literature of the Fifth Century B.C. 6. Aeschylus and the Beginnings of Tragedy 7. Sophocles and Euripides 8. Old Comedy 9. Philosophy, Rhetoric and Science 10. Herodotus and Thucydides Classical Literature of the Fourth Century B.C. 11. Socrates and Socratic Literature 12. Plato, Aristotle and their Schools 13. Rhetoric 14. Entertainment Literature, Factual Literature and Historiography 15. Poetry Hellenistic Literature 16. Hellenism and its Philosophy 17. Dramatic Poetry 18. Callimachus and Lyric Poetry 19. Apollonius Rhodius and Epic Poetry 20. Theocritus and Pastoral Poetry 21. The Epigram 22. Specialist Prose and Rhetoric 23. Historiography and Geography 24. Entertainment Literature 25. Jewish Literature Epilogue Bibliography Index.
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The most up-to-date history of Greek literature from its Homeric origins to the age of Augustus. Greek literary production throughout this period of some eight centuries is embedded in its historical and social context, and Professor Dihle sees this literature as a historical phenomenon, a particular mode of linguistic communication, with its specific forms developing both in an organic way and in response to the changing world around. In this, it differs from conventional humanist approaches to Greek and Latin literature which analyze the works as objects of timeless value independent of any historical setting or purpose. This survey by one of the leading European authorities on classical literature aims to establish itself, as it already has in Germany, as the standard account of the subject. (source: Nielsen Book Data)