By Lorna Hardwick, Christopher Stray

ISBN-10: 1405151676

ISBN-13: 9781405151672

Interpreting the large quantity of the way within which the humanities, tradition, and regarded Greece and Rome were transmitted, interpreted, tailored and used, A spouse to Classical Receptions explores the influence of this phenomenon on either old and later societies.Provides a finished creation and review of classical reception - the translation of classical paintings, tradition, and suggestion in later centuries, and the quickest turning out to be zone in classicsBrings jointly 34 essays by way of a global crew of individuals curious about historic and sleek reception options and practicesCombines shut readings of key receptions with wider contextualization and discussionExplores the influence of Greek and Roman tradition around the globe, together with the most important new parts in Arabic literature, South African drama, the background of images, and modern ethics

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Qxd 13/09/2007 09:03 AM Page 16 16 Felix Budelmann and Johannes Haubold written in the early to mid-seventeenth century by poets including Robert Herrick, Richard Lovelace, Alexander Brome and the Aeschylus editor Thomas Stanley. As Oliver Cromwell’s Parliamentarians were gaining more and more political control their austere cultural and religious outlook was becoming increasingly dominant. Royalists found themselves beleaguered and many of them, including Cowley, spent some time in exile. It is in this context of Puritan supremacy that Cowley’s punchline about the ‘man of morals’ is to be understood.

The complete set of literary influences (let alone cultural influences more broadly) that bear upon a poem is ultimately untraceable. In our example, even the role of Weckherlin is unclear. Moreover, we may ask which other Anacreontic poems Cowley was familiar with, and what drinking songs more broadly. What other poems may have shaped his habits? What anti-puritan jokes? We simply will never know what earlier material, consciously or unconsciously, went into Cowley’s poem, let alone what in turn had shaped that earlier material.

To begin with, neither Oceanus nor Tethys can fairly be called untraditional characters in early Greek epic, no matter where their names originated. Oceanus makes appearances throughout Homer (Il. ; Od. ) and Tethys is well known to Hesiod (Th. ). Turning to their role as described by Hera, we note that the goddess speaks δολοφρονRουσα ‘with cunning intent’. Under such circumstances we expect a fair amount of rhetorical distortion, especially from a deity who has a habit of manipulating cosmogonic ‘facts’.

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