Student's Guide to Classics

Student's Guide to Classics

ISI Student Guides to the Major Disciplines

by Bruce S. Thornton
Trade Paperback, 92 pages
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With so many bad definitions of "Classic" going around, Bruce Thornton's A Student's Guide to the Classics is a good antidote. A Classic is a literary work written in ancient Greece or Rome, the twin points of origin for what is called Western Civilization.

This guide defines the major forms of Classical literature (epic, poetry, biography, etc.), and introduces its major works, authors, and ideas. Here's a clear starting place for students who want to study the Classics more seriously but don't know where to start.

Thornton deplores the state of Classical studies in contemporary universities. With this introduction and the books he recommends for further study, however, a disciplined student can get a working knowledge of the Classics, even on a university campus.

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Summary Explains what is actually meant by the term "Classic," and introduces several important works.

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