The Rise of the Greek Epic: Being a Course of Lectures Delivered at Harvard University

The Rise of the Greek Epic: Being a Course of Lectures Delivered at Harvard University

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The Rise of the Greek Epic: Being a Course of Lectures Delivered at Harvard University

The Rise of the Greek Epic: Being a Course of Lectures Delivered at Harvard University

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These lectures were written in response to an invitation from Harvard University to deliver the Gardiner Lane Course for 1907s. Only some half of them were actually so delivered. The subject had been so long forming itself in my mind, and I was also so anxious not to allow any mere lack of pains to prove me unworthy of the honour thus offered me, that I soon found my material completely outrunning the bounds of the proposed course. I print the whole book; but I must confess that those parts of it which were spoken at Harvard have, if it is not egotistical to say so, a special place in my affections, through their association with the constant and most considerate kindness of Mr. and Mrs. Lane and of many others who became in varying degrees my xenoi in America.

The book touches on some subjects where, feeling more than usually conscious of the insecurity of my own knowledge, I have not scrupled to take advantage of the learning of my friends. On several points of archaeology and primitive history I have sought counsel from Prof. J. L. Myres; on points of Old French from Miss Pope of Somerville College; on Semitic matters, from my colleague Prof. D. S. Margoliouth, whose vast stores have stood always most generously open to me. In a more general way I am conscious of help received from Mr. J. W. Mackail and Mr. T. C. Snow, and above all from Miss J. E. Harrison, who read the Lectures in MS. and called my attention to much recent foreign literature which I should otherwise . . .

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