WILMER CAVE WRIGHT (1868–1951)
The Emperor Julian’s Relation To The New Sophistic And Neo-Platonism (1896)
109 pages long. Extensively contains Ancient Greek terminology and literary fragments.
A Short History Of Greek Literature (1907)
Contains a limited number of Ancient Greek terms.
"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 be- comes 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.
Of the prose writers, Julian's is the latest name formally treated, but, in order to include Musaeus and the later epic, I have carried down the sketch of Graeco-Roman poetry to the sixth century." (Preface)
"Despite the rage for science, commerce, and industry. In the schools, the classics, notably the Greek classics, have a sway greater than ever because it is no longer a blind worship but an intelligent admiration and scholarly adoration. With the new reverence for the Greek classics comes a demand for the history and the setting of life in the times of the classics. It is no longer satisfactory to translate Greek into English; one must think. In the Greek, and this can only be done when the environment is adequate. It is to meet such a demand this volume is brought, affording as it does a general survey of the whole field of Greek literature, from Homer to Julian. It is written rather from the literary than the philological standpoint, and contains such helpful features as numerous parallels quoted from English literature, lists of standard translations, and references to modern essays dealing with the Greek masterpieces. At the end of each chapter is a bibliography of the more important literature of the topic treated. It is a book which will appeal both to the general reader and to the college student who wishes to realize intelligently the significance and relations to the whole of the classic masterpieces he is reading." (The Journal Of Education, 12/12/1907)
"This book, which appears in the "Greek Series for Colleges and Schools," edited under the supervision of Professor Herbert Weir Smyth, does credit to its authoress, who is evidently well acquainted with the opinions of modern scholars as well as with the works of the Greek writers. The views expressed are sane and reasonable, and the style is, on the whole, agreeable in spite of a few lapses into figurative expressions of doubtful taste. So (p. 31) it is said of critics of the style of the Homeric poems that they "range over the same ground, but they never put up the same game," and (p. 45) the cyclic poets are said to owe their "second-hand immortality" to the "antiseptic quality" of the Homeric poems.
In a small book which contains the history of the rich literature of more than a thousand years much must necessarily be omitted, and it is therefore only to be expected that those writers whose works are lost or preserved only in fragments are for the most part passed over in silence or with very brief mention. It would, however, have been well to impress upon the reader in some way the fact that in the Alexandrian period and the succeeding centuries the quantity of Greek literature produced was vastly greater than is indicated by the comparatively small number of writers whose works are discussed. Many of those whose works are lost exercised no little influence upon Roman writers, and through them upon the literature of later times. While it is probable that the lost works (like some of the extant works) of many post-classical writers had no great literary excellence, the immense literary activity of the post-classical period is of great importance in the history of literature.
The analysis of the style of each author is clear, and as accurate as the brief space allotted to it allows, but it is doubtful if such analysis helps the student to appreciate the qualities of great literature. A greater number of selections from the Greek authors, whether in the original or in translation, would perhaps have been more useful. In the treatment of the Homeric poems the views of scholars from Wolf to Lang occupy so much space that the reader almost forgets the poems themselves, and, in general, the discussion of modern theories constitutes rather too large a part of the book.
The favorable estimate of the poetry of Archilochus, which is interwoven with the lively account of his life and works, is the traditional one handed down from antiquity, and is less completely justified by the extant fragments than one might wish. On the other hand, Mrs. Wright hardly does justice to the poetry of Bacchylides. The treatment of Menander is excellent, though unfortunately the most important fragments of his comedies were discovered too late to be utilized in this book. Lack of space forbids discussion of further details, but enough has been said to indicate the character of this excellent manual." (Harold N. Fowler, Classical Philology, 04/1908)
"This is a big field to cover in 500 pages; can it be more than a catalogue of names and facts and books ? It is much more than this. The treatment of single authors is necessarily brief, but it is not merely a rehash of facts that we already know. The treatment is individual; we feel the distinctive touch of this historian of literature throughout; she seems acquainted at first hand with the author she discusses and fairly conversant with the literature of the subject. Her scheme or space does not admit of selections from representative English translations, to illustrate the masterpieces of the principal authors, a feature which lends interest to Professor Capps's excellent book From Homer to Theocritus. If we were to have another history of Greek literature-for the reason that there is a new "series" by another publisher, if for no other-then an undeniable requisite was that it must not simply cover the ground, but be readable. One must be grateful to a historian who does not bore us. I have taken up this book on different days and at various hours, when fresh and when tired, and have never failed to become interested. While taking a class through the fragments of the lyric poets, and fresh from the charm of these, I have enjoyed reading Professor Wright on Sappho and Alcaeus, Simonides and Bacchylides." (Charles Forster Smith, The Classical Journal, 04/1908)
The Works Of The Emperor Julian (1913) · Julianus, Flavius Claudius (331–363)
Philostratus And Eunapius: The Lives Of The Sophists (1922) · Eunapius (4th Cen.–5th Cen. AD) & Philostratus, Lucius Flavius (170–247)
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