By G.W. Bowersock
For a number of a long time G. W. Bowersock has been certainly one of our major historians of the classical international. This quantity collects seventeen of his essays, every one illustrating how the classical previous has captured the mind's eye of a few of the best figures in sleek historiography and literature. The essays right here diversity throughout 3 centuries, the eighteenth to the 20th, and are divided chronologically.
the nice Enlightenment historian Edward Gibbon is largely the unifying strength of this assortment as he seems prominently within the first 4 essays, starting with Bowersock's attractive creation to the equipment and genius in the back of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Gibbon's profound impact is printed in next essays on Jacob Burckhardt, the nineteenth-century student well-known for his historical past of the Italian Renaissance yet whose paintings on overdue antiquity is simply now being totally favored; the fashionable Greek poet Constantine Cavafy, whose annotations on Gibbon's Decline and Fall let us know a lot approximately his personal old poems; and at last W. H. Auden, whose poem and little identified essay "The Fall of Rome" have been, in quirky methods, tributes to Gibbon. the gathering reprints Auden's poem and essay in full.
the result's a wealthy survey of the early smooth and smooth makes use of of the classical prior by means of one in all its most crucial modern commentators.
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