Twelve Voices from Greece and Rome: Ancient Ideas for Modern Times

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Twelve Voices from Greece and Rome is a book for all readers who want to know more about the literature that underpins Western civilization. Chistopher Pelling and Maria Wyke provide a vibrant and distinctive introduction to twelve of the greatest authors from ancient Greece and Rome, writers whose voices still resonate strongly across the centuries: Homer, Sappho, Herodotus, Euripides, Thucydides, Plato, Caesar, Cicero, Virgil, Horace, Juvenal, and Tacitus.

To what vital ideas do these authors give voice? And why are we so often drawn to what they say even in modern times? Twelve Voices investigates these tantalizing questions, showing how these great figures from classical antiquity still address some of our most fundamental concerns in the world today (of war and courage, dictatorship and democracy, empire, immigration, city life, art, madness, irrationality, and religious commitment), and express some of our most personal sentiments (about family and friendship, desire and separation, grief and happiness).

These twelve classical voices can sound both compellingly familiar and startlingly alien to the twenty-first century reader. Yet they remain suggestive and inspiring, despite being rooted in their own times and places, and have profoundly affected the lives of those prepared to listen to them right up to the present day.

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Christopher Pelling is Regius Professor of Greek at the University of Oxford. He has worked and published extensively on Classical Greek historiography and biography. Among his numerous publications are Literary Texts and the Greek Historian and Plutarch and History: Eighteen Studies.

Maria Wyke is Professor of Latin at University College London. She has written extensively on Roman love poetry (collected in The Roman Mistress: Ancient and Modern Representations), on Julius Caesar (Caesar: A Life in Western Culture and Caesar in the USA), and on ancient Rome in cinema (Projecting the Past: Ancient Rome, Cinema and History).

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"There are at least three categories of readers for this book: those who studied Classics in their youth and now want to recapture the spirit of the ancient authors; those who are wondering why they should read the Classics and will look here for an answer; those who teach Classics and hope to find suggestions about how to present the ancient authors to an audience often unwilling to pay them much attention. ... In sum: twelve ancient voices, and two modern voices, combine in making sense of the Classics. These voices are certainly praiseworthy; but we can look for others, too." --Massimo Gioseffi, Bryn Mawr Classical Review


"A wonderful reader's guide to classical literature: these ancient voices, so vividly brought to life by Pelling and Wyke, speak with freshness, immediacy and urgency." --Charlotte Higgins, The Guardian


"We know now that we are driven to share knowledge and thought because, as a species, we can imagine the potential consequence of communicating ideas. How thrilling then to have the voices--and ideas--of twelve of the very greatest ancients communicated to us by two of the 21st century's finest classical scholars. Through the painstaking and pleasure-rich work of Pelling and Wyke here we learn both about the minds and, critically, the lives and histories of key players in the story of civilization. Fresh scholarship is combined with a deep and charismatic understanding. What more could anyone ask for in one book?" --Bettany Hughes


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