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British Classics Outside England

The Academy and Beyond

Judith P. Hallett and Christopher Stray, editors

Publication Year: 2009

The essays in this informative book explore the impact of British classics—the study of Greco-Roman antiquity, with an emphasis on the classical Latin and Greek languages—beyond the borders of England itself, during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries: inside the academy as specialized scholarship and teaching, outside the academy as a mode of social and cultural formation. Not only did British classics permeate England; they brought English values to Scotland, Wales, and America as well. Far into the twentieth century, to learn classics “the Oxbridge way” was to cloak oneself in the mantle of a gentleman—even when the “gentleman” was a woman.

Published by: Baylor University Press

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pp. 1-9

This collection of essays grew out of several papers presented at a conference on classics in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Britain held in Hay-on-Wye in June 2005. As the town of Hay-on-Wye lies on the border between England and Wales, it was a particularly apt location for discussions about the transmission and impact of classics...

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1: The Democratic Intellect Preserved: Scotland and the Classics 1826–1836

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pp. 13-47

There exists currently no published history of the teaching of classics in nineteenth-century Scotland, yet Scotland’s ancient universities have had a notable tradition in the teaching of Latin (in Scotland named “Humanity”), and this language, together with Greek, was a compulsory part of any undergraduate’s course of studies in the period...

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2: Classics and Welsh Cultural Identity in the Nineteenth Century

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pp. 35-47

It will not come as a surprise to learn that these words are an expression of the educational views of a university-educated Christian minister of the mid-Victorian era. They were first published in 1865. It is not, however, strictly accurate to describe them as a quotation, because they are a translation of words that first appeared in print, not in English, but in Welsh...

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3: Kathleen Freeman: An Apostle and Evangelist for Classical Greece

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pp. 49-60

Kathleen Freeman was an unusual classicist in early twentieth-century Britain,1 not only because she was a woman, but also because she was not interested simply in the undergraduate who came fresh from school with the ability to read Latin and Greek, but wanted to introduce the ancient Greek world to those who had not previously...

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4: Greek, Latin, and the Indian Civil Service

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pp. 61-93

In his essay “Comparativism and References to Rome in British Imperial Attitudes to India,” Javed Majeed shows how Greek and Latin figured prominently in the examinations for the Indian Civil Service, the prestigious administrative body that David Lloyd George called “the steel frame.”3 Greek and Latin were not just used to attract and shape a class of ruling “gentlemen,”...

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5: Politics and Scholarship: Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve and Nineteenth-Century British Classics

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pp. 97-110

Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve (1831–1924) considered himself a patriot. It was a particular kind of patriotism: “I was Charlestonian first, Carolinian next, and then a southerner. . . . As against the North, we were southerners, as against England, we were national enough” (Briggs 1998, 35). My essay considers the impact of British classics on Gildersleeve as a scholar and academic statesman....

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6: Grace Harriet Macurdy: The Role of British Classics in the Self- Fashioning of an American Woman Scholar

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pp. 111-128

Grace Harriet Macurdy (1866–1946)1 came of age at a crucial moment, a time when women in America were just beginning to find opportunities for professional academic careers as classical scholars. The only well-trodden paths before her had been laid out by men, and there was pressure to stay on these paths as quietly and unobtrusively as possible, since American men were worried...

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7: J. A. K. Thomson and Classical Reception Studies: American Influences and “Classical Influences”

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pp. 129-148

The field of classical reception studies identifies itself as “a fairly new area of prominence in anglophone scholarship” (Hardwick and Stray 2007b, 2). Its recent growth has certainly been noteworthy, with the 2004 foundation of the Classical Reception Studies Network in the United Kingdom and a burgeoning series...

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8: “The Anglicizing Way”: Edith Hamilton (1867–1963) and the Twentieth-Century Transformation of Classics in the U.S.A.

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pp. 149-165

Much has already been said about how the career of the celebrated American educator and author Edith Hamilton redefines the term “classicist”: by myself among others, a decade ago (Hallett 1996–1997, 107–47). But new studies published, and information made available, since then prompt a new look at some questions...


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E-ISBN-13: 9781602582736
E-ISBN-10: 1602582734
Print-ISBN-13: 9781602580121
Print-ISBN-10: 160258012X

Page Count: 230
Publication Year: 2009

Edition: 1

OCLC Number: 794700821
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  • Classical philology -- Study and teaching -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- Congresses.
  • Classical philology -- Study and teaching -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century -- Congresses.
  • Classical philology -- Study and teaching -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century -- Congresses.
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