A History Of Ancient Greek Literature (1902) by Fowler, Harold North [Classics]

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∙ Title: A History Of Ancient Greek Literature
∙ Author: Fowler, Harold North (1859–1955) Instructor of Classics at Harvard University, Professor of Greek at the University of Texas at Austin & Professor in the College for Women of the Western Reserve University
∙ Publisher: D. Appleton and Company
∙ Date/Edition/Impression: © 1902


"Far the greater part of the book is taken up with the history of Greek literature before the Alexandrian period. This is desirable, because the works of the Alexandrian and Roman times are lost for the most part and never possessed the literary importance of the great writings of the earlier days. On the other hand, the writings of the later times are too important to be altogether overlooked. Roman literature was most powerfully influenced by Alexandrian literature, and has in turn exerted a most powerful influence upon the literature of all later times. A summary account of Alexandrian and Graeco-Boman literature is therefore included in this book, in the belief that our students should not be allowed to forget that Greek life and thought continued to influence the world long after the political independence of Greece came to an end. For a somewhat similar reason — to call attention to the influence of Greek thought, Greek education, and Greek writers upon the progress of Christianity — an account of some of the Christian writers has been included."

(From Preface)

Readability Information

461 pages divided into 41 chapters of small and moderate length, plus 3 pages of Preface. Each paragraph is thematically defined, therefore making it easy to stop in between. Second Appendix is a Chronological Table consisting of 6 pages. No illustrations or maps in text.
Total: 464 Pages (Appendix II excluded)

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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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