A Handbook of Greek Literature
From Homer to the Age of Lucian
By H. J. Rose
Rose's Handbook is a brief, accurate account of Greek literature in the light of modern knowledge. Like his A Handbook of Latin Literature, the book is a continuous narrative, complete in itself and assuming no previous acquaintance with Greek writings. It aims at including every author, from Homer to Lucian, who was Greek in both language and spirit.
H.J. Rose (1883-1961) was a gifted, well-known Rhodes scholar who received B.A.’s from McGill and Oxford. His talent for clear communication; his expertise in ancient religion; and his immense learning in folklore, folktales and anthropology enabled him to publish a wide variety of insightful resources suitable for general readers and experts alike. In addition to the companion volumes A Handbook of Greek Literature and A Handbook of Latin Literature, Rose’s publications include: Primitive Culture in Greece (London, 1925); Primitive Culture in Italy (London, 1926, repr. 1971); Modern Methods in Classical Mythology (St. Andrews, 1930); Ancient Greek Religion (London, 1948); Ancient Roman Religion (London, 1949); Gods and Heroes of the Greeks (London, 1957, many reprints); Outline of Classical Literature for Students of English (London, 1959, repr. 1961).
Comments and Reviews
. . .still remains the best short history of Greek literature in English. . .
— Ed Phinney
University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Rose is scholarly, thorough in presentation, and highly accessible in his text. A Handbook Of Greek Literature is the ideal introduction for students of Greek literature and the nonspecialist general reader to become acquainted with the basics of our Hellenic literary legacy.
— The Midwest Book Review