Talking to Virgil

A Miscellany

T. P. Wiseman

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ISBN: 9780859893756

Publication: April 1, 1992

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A unique collection that uncovers connections between a fascinating assortment of subjects with classical associations, ranging from Plato to Anthony Powell.

T. P. Wiseman is Emeritus Professor of Roman History at the University of Exeter and a Fellow of the British Academy. He came to Exeter in 1977, and was Head of Department from 1977 to 1990.

List of illustrations Preface and acknowledgements 1. Killing Caligula 2. The Giants' Revenge 3. Julius Caesar and the mappa mundi 4. Mortal Trash 5. The Centaur's Hood 6. A Roman Villa 7. With Boni in the Forum 8. Rediscovering a Benefactor 9. Talking to Virgil 10. Uncivil Discourse Appendices Index

... The collection contains a number of essays which in the final analysis should encourage readers of this journal to think about the classical tradition in new and potentially profitable ways ... Wiseman writes with clarity and grace, and the balanced fairness with which he sketches the superficiality of Baddeley and the eccentricities of Knight allows the reader to encounter them as interesting figures in their own right. What is more, the essays printed here suggest that there can be more to the study of the Classical tradition than we generally acknowledge.
  International Journal of the Classical Tradition

This is a delightful book, one which amply demonstrates how versatile Wiseman is, from cartography to the sonnets of Hopkins, dabbling in depth, always to be taken seriously, always securely grounded in scholarly evidence ... The book is accessible to the classical civilisation student and the non-specialist reader.

Professor Wiseman in these essays bears his own learning lightly, and his hope that, just as it was written for pleasure ... this is a book to be read for pleasure, deserves to be fulfilled ...
  Times Literary Supplement

Format: Paperback

Size: 218 x 145 mm

262 Pages

ISBN: 9780859893756

Publication: April 1, 1992

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