From Homer To Theocritus (1901) by Capps, Edward [Classics]

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∙ Title: From Homer To Theocritus; A Manual Of Greek Literature
∙ Author: Capps, Edward (1866–1950) Professor of Classics at Princeton University
∙ Publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons
∙ Date/Edition/Impression: © 1901


"This volume aims to present a concise but complete survey of the Greek literature of the classical period, extended so as to include the two branches of poetry, the New Comedy and the Idyll, which were brought to perfection after the overthrow of Greek liberty by Alexander. I have tried, so far as space would permit, to place in their proper setting each branch of literature and each author, keeping constantly in mind the course of development of the literature as a whole. Selections from representative English translations are quoted in connection with the principal authors, more extensively for the poets than for the writers of prose. It is hoped that this feature of the book will be found acceptable, both to the general reader who has not the time, even if he has the training and equipment, for comprehensive readings in the Greek texts, and to the average student whose attainments in Greek are not sufficiently extensive to furnish an adequate background for the most profitable study of the ordinary manuals."

(From Preface)

Readability Information

456 pages divided into 18 chapters of long and moderate length, plus 2 pages of Preface. No illustrations or maps in text.
Total: 458 Pages

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«ὁ δὲ ἀνεξέταστος βίος οὐ βιωτὸς ἀνθρώπῳ»/"the unexamined life is not worth living"

(Plato, Apology: 38a. Translated by H. N. Fowler)

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