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Classical Indiscretions: A Millennial Enquiry into the Status of the Classics

Classical Indiscretions: A Millennial Enquiry into the Status of the Classics

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Maurizio Bettini argues that oral culture, because it does not have an inexhaustible memory at its disposal, tends to preserve its cultural inheritance. But written culture forgets nothing: but when everything can be recalled or somehow retrieved, the problem becomes what to remember and what to consign to oblivion.

This provocative book, written with a light touch, rooted in the Classics but ranging over the whole of Western literary culture, addresses many of the major issues that face us at the turn of the millennium. What is our shared cultural currency? What use - good or bad - do we make of it? Why should anyone involve themselves with the Classics? Features and themes of our time - the relentless anniversary, the magpie nature of the anthology, the urge for instant gratification, the attraction of the cultural canon, the way writing can imprison - are brought together in a passionate plea for the Classics as essentially impervious to these vulgar urges of our age - the Age of Indiscretion.

Author: Maurizio Bettini
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Published: 08/23/2001
Pages: 192
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.57lbs
Size: 9.20h x 6.36w x 0.51d
ISBN: 9780715629703

About the Author

Classical Philology at the University of Siena, Italy, and at the University of California at Berkeley. His publications include The Portrait of the Lover.

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