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Robert Graves and the Classical Tradition$
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A. G. G. Gibson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198738053

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198738053.001.0001

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Broadcasting the Common Asphodel

Broadcasting the Common Asphodel

Robert Graves and the Mass Media

(p.296) (p.297) 15 Broadcasting the Common Asphodel
Robert Graves and the Classical Tradition

Mick Morris

Oxford University Press

The aim of the chapter is to analyse how Graves, who most emphatically did not regard himself as a classical scholar, exploited the mass media of his day to showcase his contrarian views on a variety of topics concerning the ancient world: New Testament exegesis, Homer, but above all else his utter distaste for Virgil and much else of Latin literature. The chapter considers how Graves work was adapted and broadcast on BBC radio.

Keywords:   BBC, Bible, Classics, Greek authors, Homer, radio, Roman authors, Virgil

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