The Oxford Companion to Classical Literature - Sir Paul HarveyOxford: Clarendon Press, 1974, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper sunned at the spine with the price clipped. Previous owners' name to the first blank.
A Later Printing. Contains: Black & white drawings; Maps; List of abbreviations; 2-column text; Plans;
From the cover: “This book presents, in convenient form, information which the ordinary reader, not only of the literatures of Greece and Rome, but also of that large proportion of modern European literature which teems with classical allusions, may find useful. It has two objects: in the first place to bring together what the ordinary reader may wish to know about the evolution of those literatures, the principal authors, and their chief works: in the second place, on a smaller scale, to depict so much of the historical, political, social, and religious background as may help to make those literatures understood. Articles in alphabetical arrangement explain the various elements of classical literature — epic, tragedy, comedy, metres, etc. — give some account of the principal authors, and describe the subjects or contents of their works. Interesting points of connection between the classics and medieval and modern English literature are noticed. In addition, brief articles are added on the principal phases of classical history, religion, and philosophy; on the various aspects of social and economic conditions in classical times; on myths and mythological characters as an essential element in Greek and Roman literature; on the most important historical characters and on places important for their literary connections. In brief, it is a classical dictionary with a new emphasis towards classical literature and secondarily towards its influence in English literature.”