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Kirk, G. S. (Geoffrey Stephen) 1921-

Overview
Works: 145 works in 914 publications in 11 languages and 13,809 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Tragedies (Drama)  Biography  Personal narratives‡vBritish  Naval history  Quotations  Sources 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Contributor, Author of introduction
Classifications: PA3975.B2, 882.01
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Most widely held works about G. S Kirk
 
Most widely held works by G. S Kirk
The presocratic philosophers : a critical history with a selection of texts by G. S Kirk( Book )

156 editions published between 1957 and 2010 in 5 languages and held by 2,682 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Myth: its meaning and functions in ancient and other cultures by G. S Kirk( Book )

86 editions published between 1970 and 2006 in English and Spanish and held by 2,042 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book, developed out of the 1969 Sather lectures at Berkeley, California, confronts a wide range of problems concerning the nature, meaning and functions of myths. Professor Kirk's aim is to introduce a degree of coherence and of critical awareness into a subject that arouses profound interest today, but which for too long has been the target of excessive theorizing and interdisciplinary confusion between anthropologists, sociologists, classicists, philosophers and psychologists. Professor Kirk begins by discussing the relation of myths to rituals and folktales, and the weakness of universalist theories of function. He then subjects Lévi-Strauss's structuralist theory to an extended exposition and criticism; he considers the character and meaning of ancient Near Eastern myths, their influence on Greece, and the special forms with rational modes of thought, and finally, he assesses the status of myths as expressions of the unconscious, as elements of dreams, universal symbols, as accidents along the way to some narrative objective. The result is a significant critical venture into the history and philosophy of thought, imagination, symbol and society.--From publisher description
The nature of Greek myths by G. S Kirk( Book )

81 editions published between 1974 and 2009 in 7 languages and held by 1,519 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The songs of Homer by G. S Kirk( Book )

42 editions published between 1962 and 2005 in 4 languages and held by 1,248 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The cosmic fragments by Heraclitus( Book )

69 editions published between 1934 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 1,015 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The latest writers on Heraclitus, namely, Gustav Teichmüller and Edmund Pfleiderer, have thought it necessary to preface their works with an apology for adding other monographs to the Heraclitic literature, already enriched by treatises from such distinguished men as Schleiermacher, Lassalle, Zeller, and Schuster. That still other study of Heraclitus, however, needs no apology, will be admitted when it is seen that these scholarly critics, instead of determining the place of Heraclitus in the history of philosophy, have so far disagreed, that while Schuster makes him out to be a sensationalist and empiricist, Lassalle finds that he is a rationalist and idealist. While to Teichmüller, his starting point and the key to his whole system is found in his physics, to Zeller it is found in his metaphysics, and to Pfleiderer in his religion. Heraclitus' theology was derived, according to Teichmüller, from Egypt; according to Lassalle, from India; according to Pfleiderer, from the Greek Mysteries. The Heraclitic flux, according to Pfleiderer, was consequent on his abstract theories; according to Teichmüller, his abstract theories resulted from his observation of the flux. Pfleiderer says that Heraclitus was an optimist; Gottlob Mayer says that he was a pessimist. According to Schuster he was a hylozoist, according to Zeller a pantheist, according to Pfleiderer a panzoist, according to Lassalle a panlogist. Naturally, therefore, in the hands of these critics, with their various theories to support, the remains of Heraclitus' work have suffered a violence of interpretation only partially excused by his known obscurity. No small proportion of the fragments, as will be seen in my introduction, have been taken in a diametrically opposite sense. Recently a contribution towards the disentanglement of this maze has been made by Mr. Bywater, an acute English scholar. His work (Heracliti Ephesii Reliquiae, Oxford, 1877) is simply a complete edition of the now existing fragments of Heraclitus' work, together with the sources from which they are drawn, with so much of the context as to make them intelligible. Under these circumstances I have thought that a translation of the fragments into English, that every man may read and judge for himself, would be the best contribution that could be made. The increasing interest in early Greek philosophy, and particularly in Heraclitus, who is the one Greek thinker most in accord with the thought of our century, makes such a translation justifiable, and the excellent and timely edition of the Greek text by Mr. Bywater makes it practicable. The translations both of the fragments and of the context are made from the original sources, though I have followed the text of Bywater except in a very few cases, designated in the critical notes. As a number of the fragments are ambiguous, and several of them contain a play upon words, I have appended the entire Greek text. The collection of sources is wholly that of Mr. Bywater. In these I have made a translation, not of all the references, but only of those from which the fragment is immediately taken, adding others only in cases of especial interest"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)
Homer and the epic : a shortened version of 'the songs of Homer' by G. S Kirk( Book )

36 editions published between 1965 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 806 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Homer and the oral tradition by G. S Kirk( Book )

23 editions published between 1974 and 2010 in English and held by 802 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Songs of Homer (Cambridge University Press, 1962) was a major contribution to Homeric studies, establishing important theories about the composition, structure and transmission of the monumental poems. In this 1976 volume, Geoffrey Kirk returns to Homer, but the themes are largely different. He considers in particular the nature of oral and epic poetry, and the meaning of an oral tradition. There are problems here of interest not only to classicists and Homeric specialists but also to students of English and comparative literature, and to anthropologists concerned with the literature of traditional societies. Those pieces that were previously published were revised and unified for the volume. The longest section, on 'the oral and the literary epic', is derived from the J.H. Gray Lectures, which Professor Kirk delivered in Cambridge in 1974 and which had not been previously published in any form
The Iliad : a commentary by G. S Kirk( Book )

32 editions published between 1985 and 1995 in 3 languages and held by 781 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Bacchae by Euripides( Book )

9 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 613 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Regarded by many as Euripides' masterpiece, Bakkhai examines both the horror and the beauty of the religious ecstasy that Dionysos brings to Thebes. His offer of closeness to nature and freedom from the constraints of civilization, especially for women, excites bitter resistance as well as fanatical acceptance." "Disguised as a young holy man and accompanied by his band of Asian worshipers, the god Dionysos arrives in Greece at Thebes, proclaims his godhood and his new religion, and drives the Theban women mad. When the Theban king, Pentheus, tries to imprison him, Dionysos afflicts Pentheus himself with madness and leads him, dressed as a bacchant, to the mountains, where his own mother, Agaue, and her companions tear him to pieces in an insane Bacchic frenzy."
The Bacchae of Euripides by Euripides( Book )

17 editions published between 1970 and 1991 in English and Undetermined and held by 273 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Williams handles the spoken poetry in a flexible verse that encompasses a wide range of tone. His treatment of the lyrics uses a rhythmically bold form whose accents would particularly lend themsleves to effective choral acting
Homeric studies by G. S Kirk( Book )

7 editions published in 1966 in English and Undetermined and held by 264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Homeric poems as history by G. S Kirk( Book )

25 editions published between 1961 and 1965 in English and held by 188 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Archilochos by Frederic Will( Book )

4 editions published in 1977 in English and Undetermined and held by 154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Los Filósofos presocráticos : historia crítica con selección de textos by G. S Kirk( Book )

38 editions published between 1969 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Die vorsokratischen Philosophen : Einführung, Texte und Kommentare by G. S Kirk( Book )

15 editions published between 1983 and 2006 in 5 languages and held by 132 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Iliad : a commentary by G. S Kirk( Book )

21 editions published between 1985 and 2001 in English and held by 101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Les philosophes présocratiques une histoire critique avec un choix de textes by G. S Kirk( Book )

10 editions published in 1995 in French and held by 91 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Les grands courants philosophiques de monde grec et leurs personnalités marquantes, de Thalès à l'époque de Socrate. [SDM]
The Iliad : a commentary. Vol. 5, Books 17-20 by Mark W Edwards( Book )

11 editions published between 1991 and 2000 in English and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Iliad : a commentary. Vol. 2, Books 5-8 by G. S Kirk( Book )

8 editions published between 1990 and 1995 in English and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Iliad : a commentary. Vol. 4, Books 13-16 by Richard Janko( Book )

6 editions published between 1991 and 1995 in English and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The presocratic philosophers : a critical history with a selection of textsDie vorsokratischen Philosophen : Einführung, Texte und Kommentare
Alternative Names
Geoffrey Kirk britischer Klassischer Philologe

Geoffrey Kirk Brits filoloog (1921-2003)

Geoffrey Kirk filologo britannico

Geoffrey Stephen Kirk

Kirk, G. S.

Kirk, G. S. 1921-

Kirk, G.S. 1921-2003

Kirk, G. S. (Geoffrey Stephen), 1921-2003

Kirk, Geoffrey S.

Kirk, Geoffrey S. 1921-2003

Kirk, Geoffrey Stephen

Kirk, Geoffrey Stephen 1921-

Kirk, Geoffrey Stephen 1921-2003

جفری کرک

カーク, G・S

カーク, ジェフリー・スティーヴン

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Myth: its meaning and functions in ancient and other culturesThe nature of Greek mythsThe songs of HomerThe cosmic fragmentsHomer and the epic : a shortened version of 'the songs of Homer'Homer and the oral traditionThe Iliad : a commentaryThe Bacchae