A sharp often surprising view of the classical world by a major classics scholar at cambridge and author of the glittering prizes this book is the culmination of more than sixty years of a writing life during which frederic raphael has returned again and again to the literature and landscape of the ancient world. Antiquity matters antiquity matters frederic raphael yale university press 2017 20 376 pp 2600 reviewed by stoddard martin at first glance this is a work of almost bewildering erudition reminded of roberto calassos cadmus and harmony one prepares to sit back and enjoy a flow of superior knowledge relinquishing desire for too many sign posts and reposing faith in the pilot . Antiquity matters has 0 ratings and 1 review a sharp often surprising view of the classical world by a major classics scholar at cambridge and author . Victor davis hanson on antiquity matters by frederic raphael t he contemporary study of classical antiquity is always hard pressed both on and off campuses smartphones and social media war with literature and history continuing stagnant university enrollments political correctness a perennially tight job market and new financial pressures on colleges crowd out and discourage . There are any number of reasons why we read and reread the literature of antiquity first of all its poems plays philosophical dialogues and yes novels lucians a true story
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