A Short History Of Greek Literature (1907) by Wright, Wilmer Cave [Classics]

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Post by LectorRecitator » January 7th, 2019, 5:00 pm



∙ Title: A Short History Of Greek Literature
∙ Author/Editor: Wright, Wilmer Cave (1868–1951) Late of Girton College, Cambridge/Associate Professor of Greek in Bryn Mawr College
∙ Publisher: American Book Company
∙ Date/Edition/Impression: © 1907


A well-written study examining the development of Ancient Greek literature, from the Pre-classical to the Roman period.
According to Wikipedia, it was much praised by professionals, among them being Gilbert Murray.

"The writer of a survey of Greek literature so brief as this feels throughout the task the lack of elbow-room, and must always be acutely conscious of omissions. I have kept constantly in mind the reader who, though little or not at all acquainted with the classics, realizes that he cannot appreciate any other literature, least of all his own, unless he can relate its masterpieces to the types set, once for all, by the Greeks. He may safely ignore all but the best. But this book is intended, no less, for the student of Greek who, in his second or third year at college, will profit immensely by a rapid survey of the whole field of Greek literature. For him every part of that whole becomes significant, and for his sake the tribe of Euphorion or the declaimers must often usurp space that, if one followed the mere sense of proportion, is due to the creative writers."

(From Preface)

Readability Information

509 pages, divided into 23 chapters of varying length—most of them being of short and moderate length—plus 2 pages of Preface.
A Chronological Table of 6 pages also included at the end.
Total: 491–500 pages (due to Bibliography displayed at the end of most chapters, therefore occupying some pages—excluding Chronological Table)

Lector Recitator’s Readability Rating

Not in regards to Subject Matter or Overall Length, but Structure
(i.e., Division of written material into Chapters/Sections & Subchapters/Subsections and their individual length)

∙ 1/5: Laborious
∙ 2/5: Challenging
3/5: Readable
∙ 4/5: Quite Readable
∙ 5/5: Exceedingly Readable






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

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