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Gilbert Murray ReassessedHellenism, Theatre, and International Politics$
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Christopher Stray

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199208791

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199208791.001.0001

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Gilbert Murray on Greek Literature: The Great/Greek Man's Burden

Gilbert Murray on Greek Literature: The Great/Greek Man's Burden

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(p.51) 3 Gilbert Murray on Greek Literature: The Great/Greek Man's Burden
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Gilbert Murray Reassessed
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Mark Griffith

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199208791.003.0005

This chapter argues that Murray is best seen as a man who articulated contemporary concerns with supreme skill in a period of transition. It cites two main phases, or two modes to Gilbert Murray's career as a Greek scholar. The first (‘mode A’) was that of an upwardly-mobile professional classicist of the conventional kind, self-consciously engaged in close philological analysis and on-going debate with rival scholars. The second (‘mode B’) was aimed instead at a wider audience, including many non-classicists, and largely eschewed the apparatus of professional scholarship.

Keywords:   Murray, Greek literature, Greek drama, Greek scholarship, rival scholars, non-classicists

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