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A New Sublime: Ten Timeless Lessons on the Classics

Piero Boitani Ann Goldstein



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Europa Editions
01 September 2019
European history
Boitani's presentation of the classics is as entertaining and unexpected as it is informative. He invites the reader to discover the timeless beauty and wisdom of ancient literature, highlighting its profound and surprising connections to the present.

With their emphasis on the mutability and fluidity of identity and matter, their examination of the power and position of women in society, and their enduring treatments of force and subjugation, fate and free will, the ethical life, hospitality, love, compassion, and mysticism, the classics play active roles in our lives and can help us refine our opinions and our values.

Ranging from Homer to Tacitus, with Thucydides, Aristotle Sophocles, Cicero, and many others in between, Boitani's A New Sublime is a fresh, inspiring reminder of the enduring importance and beauty of the classics of the Western canon.
By:   Piero Boitani
Translated by:   Ann Goldstein
Imprint:   Europa Editions
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 178mm,  Width: 127mm, 
ISBN:   9781609455378
ISBN 10:   1609455371
Pages:   368
Publication Date:   01 September 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Piero Boitani is one of Italy's most renowned philologists and literary critics. An expert on ancient myths, medievalist, and Dante scholar, he is currently Professor of Comparative Literature at the Sapienza University in Rome. Ann Goldstein has translated into English all of Elena Ferrante's books, including each of the New York Times bestselling installments in Ferrante's Neapolitan quartet, the fourth of which, The Story of the Lost Child, was shortlisted for the MAN Booker International Prize. She has been honored with a Guggenheim Fellowship and is a recipient of the PEN Renato Poggioli Translation Award. She lives in New York.

Reviews for A New Sublime: Ten Timeless Lessons on the Classics

Praise for Ten Lessons on the Classics Pietro Boitani's Ten Lessons teach us an additional one, the most important: that the classics are alive within us. --Il Foglio Ten Lessons on the Classics is as bewitching and entertaining as a novel. [ . . . ] Boitani uncovers the unexpected, extraordinary modernity of the classics. --Piero Dorfles, Per un pugno di libri A remarkable book. [ . . .] The stories collected by Boitani, written centuries ago, still speak to us. --Corrado Auhias, Repubblica TV

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