An Abridged History Of Greek Literature (1904) by Croiset, Alfred & Croiset, Maurice [Classics]

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∙ Title: An Abridged History Of Greek Literature
∙ Author: Croiset, Alfred (1845–1923) Dean of the Faculty of Letters of the University of Paris & Croiset, Maurice (1846–1935) Professor of Greek Literature in the State College of France
∙ Translator: Heffelbower, George Frederick (1873–????) Professor of Greek in Carroll College
∙ Publisher: The Macmillan Company
∙ Date/Edition/Impression: © 1904


An abridgment of the monumental voluminous and circumstantial study by the the distinguished Croiset brothers, praised by Jacqueline de Romilly who refered to it as "outstanding" in her study Précis de Littérature Grecque. The original work was never published in English.

"This Manual is not a work of erudition. It is addressed especially to students in the secondary schools, and to readers who wish to inform themselves quickly as to the essential facts of Greek literature. All matters of controversy, therefore, all questions of authenticity, all enumerations of obscure names that could interest only the specialist, have been omitted. But within the limits imposed by the needs of the public they had in view, the authors have remained faithful to the spirit that guided them in their earlier work. They have wished to give a continuous account, not a series of detached studies on Greek writers, and so have been led to treat the different authors from the point of view of the historic continuity that binds them one to another. Por the principal character in this history is really the literary life of Greece ; and its development they have traced from the beginning down to the time when it was overshadowed by the triumph of Christianity."

(From Author's Preface)

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562 pages divided into 29 chapters of short, moderate and long length, in turn divided into numerous subsections, plus 3 pages of Author's Preface and 2 pages of Translator's Preface. No illustrations or maps in text

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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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