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By Dr.Alexander Beecroft

ISBN-10: 0521194318

ISBN-13: 9780521194310

ISBN-10: 110743548X

ISBN-13: 9781107435483

during this ebook, Alexander Beecroft explores how the earliest poetry in Greece (Homeric epic and lyric) and China (the Canon of Songs) advanced from being neighborhood, oral, and nameless to being textualised, interpreted, and circulated over more and more wider parts. Beecroft re-examines representations of authorship as present in poetic biographies comparable to Lives of Homer and the Zuozhuan, and within the works of different philosophical and ancient authors like Plato, Aristotle, Herodotus, Confucius, and Sima Qian. lots of those anecdotes and narratives have lengthy been rejected as spurious or stimulated through naïve biographical feedback. Beecroft argues that those texts successfully negotiated the tensions among neighborhood and pan-cultural audiences. The determine of the writer therefore served as a catalyst to a feeling of shared cultural id in either the Greek and chinese language worlds. It additionally facilitated the emergence of either cultures because the bases for cosmopolitan international orders.

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