Greek Literature (1914) by Tillyard, Henry Julius Wetenhall [Classics]

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∙ Title: Greek Literature
∙ Author/Editor: Tillyard, Henry Julius Wetenhall (1881–1968) Lecturer in Greek at Edinburgh University
∙ Publisher: T. C. & E. C. Jack
∙ Date/Edition/Impression: © 1914


An introductory study examining in brief the development of Ancient Greek literature, from the Pre-classical to the Hellenistic period.

"THE Greeks were the most intellectual people of the old world. They were explorers in every field of knowledge and art, where they showed in the highest degree the desire for truth and the love of the beautiful. Freedom of thought and deed seemed to them essential to happiness and
self-development ; while a sense of fitness and dislike of excess saved them, as a rule, from wildness of imagination or impropriety of action. Ancient Greece was never a great nation, as Assyria and Persia were great. In a small country divided into countless valleys and tracts, little city-states arose and worked out on a small scale and in a short time the whole process of growth, maturity, and decay. The genial climate of Greece helped the quick advance of man, and the narrow seas facilitated commerce and lured the adventurer abroad. Thus the Greeks were by nature and circumstances chosen to be the educators of Europe. They founded philosophy, natural science, mathematics, medicine, music, and political economy. Almost every literary form used at the present day can be traced back to a Greek original. In architecture and sculpture the Greeks have given models to every school. Greece by her instruction equipped Rome for her great civilising work : and it was in the Greek tongue, in a language enriched by Greek thinkers, that the world received the Christian religion.

The study of Greek literature is therefore a proper element in a liberal education. The Greek language, naturally flexible and rich in poetical words, becomes in the hands of the great writers a medium of unequalled force, clearness, and adaptability, able to express as well the highest aspirations of the poet as the subtlest shades of philosophical argument or the most abstruse technicalities. The books of Greece have passed the critical selection of the ages, and the student, unencumbered by masses of inferior material, can approach the works of acknowledged masters, the true fountain-head of European culture."

(From Introduction)

Readability Information

82 pages divided into 8 chapters of short and relatively short length, in turn divided into numerous subsections, plus 2 pages of Introduction.
Total: 84 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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