The Growth and Influence of Classical Greek Poetry: Lectures Delivered in 1892 on the Percy Turnbull Memorial Foundation in the Johns Hopkins University

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THE
GROWTH AND INFLUENCE OF
CLASSICAL GREEK POETRY

1
THE DISTINCTIVE QUALITIES OF THE GREEK RACE AS EXPRESSED BY HOMER

THE literature of Europe begins with the Homeric poems. That very fact tends to obscure our appreciation of them. They are the sources of a stream which has descended to these days, through many channels, indeed, but with a continuous course. We compare the Iliad with the Aeneid or with Paradise Lost; the Greek genius with the Roman, the Celtic, or the Teutonic, -- and recognize, in these relations, the qualities distinctive of the Hellene. But no such process can convey an adequate idea of the significance that Homeric poetry possessed for the world in which it first appeared. It is needful also to remember what had been the general tendencies of ancient civilization down to the age in which that poetry took its rise. The Hellenic race, and its first intellectual product, must be seen against this

The Hellenic mind -- a novel force in the ancient world.

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The Growth and Influence of Classical Greek Poetry: Lectures Delivered in 1892 on the Percy Turnbull Memorial Foundation in the Johns Hopkins University
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Preface. v
  • Contents vii
  • The Growth and Influence of Classical Greek Poetry 1
  • II - Greek Epic Poetry 32
  • III - Greek Epic Poetry (continued) 64
  • IV - Greek Lyric Poetry: the Course of Its De­ Velopment 94
  • V - Pindar 126
  • VI - The Attic Drama 157
  • VII - The Attic Drama (continued) 191
  • VIII - The Permanent Power of Greek Poetry 222
  • Index. 253
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