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Havelock, Eric Alfred

Works: 56 works in 358 publications in 10 languages and 9,113 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Drama  Tragedies (Drama)  Mythological plays  Biography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Publishing director, Interviewee
Classifications: B398.P6, 184
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Most widely held works about Eric Alfred Havelock
Most widely held works by Eric Alfred Havelock
Preface to Plato by Eric Alfred Havelock( Book )

78 editions published between 1963 and 2007 in 6 languages and held by 1,636 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Plato's frontal attack on poetry has always been a problem for sympathetic students, who have often minimized or avoided it. Beginning with the premise that the attack must be taken seriously, Mr. Havelock shows that Plato's hostility is explained by the continued domination of the poetic tradition in contemporary Greek thought. The reason for the dominance of this tradition was technological. In a nonliterate culture, stored experience necessary to cultural stability had to be preserved as poetry in order to be memorized. Plato attacks poets, particularly Homer, as the sole source of Greek moral and technical instruction--Mr. Havelock shows how the Illiad acted as an oral encyclopedia. Under the label of mimesis, Plato condemns the poetic process of emotional identification and the necessity of presenting content as a series of specific images in a continued narrative. The second part of the book discusses the Platonic Forms as an aspect of an increasingly rational culture. Literate Greece demanded, instead of poetic discourse, a vocabulary and a sentence structure both abstract and explicit in which experience could be described normatively and analytically: in short a language of ethics and science
The muse learns to write : reflections on orality and literacy from antiquity to the present by Eric Alfred Havelock( Book )

37 editions published between 1986 and 2008 in 6 languages and held by 1,178 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Greek concept of justice : from its shadow in Homer to its substance in Plato by Eric Alfred Havelock( Book )

19 editions published between 1978 and 1979 in English and German and held by 1,129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this book, Eric Havelock presents a challenging account of the development of the idea of justice in early Greece, and particularly of the way justice changed as Greek oral tradition gradually gave way to the written word in a literate society. He begins by examining the educational functions of poets in preliterate Greece, showing how they conserved and transmitted the traditions of society, a thesis adumbrated in his earlier book Preface to Plato. Homer, he demonstrates, has much to say about justice, but since that idea is nowhere in the epics directly stated or expressed, it must be deduced from the speech and actions of the characters. Havelock's careful reading of the Iliad and the Odyssey is original and revealing; it sheds light both on Homeric notions of justice and on the Archaic Greek society depicted in the poems. As Havelock continues his inquiry from Hesiod to Aeschylus, his findings become more complex. The oral Greek world shades into a literate one. Words lose some kinds of meanings, gain others, and steadily become more suited to the conceptualization that Plato strove for and achieved. This evolution of language itself, Havelock shows, was one of the principal accomplishments of the Greek world. Lucidly written and forcefully argued, this book is a major contribution to our knowledge of ancient Greece--its politics, philosophy, and literature, from Homer to Plato
The liberal temper in Greek politics by Eric Alfred Havelock( Book )

34 editions published between 1957 and 1980 in English and held by 1,117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Communication arts in the ancient world by Eric Alfred Havelock( Book )

23 editions published between 1978 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 894 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Intended for both classicists and nonclassicists, this volume explores the beginnings of literacy in ancient Greece and Rome and examines the effects of written communication on these cultures. The nine articles, written by classical scholars and educators in the field of communication, discuss the following: the superiority of the alphabet over previous writing systems and its impact on the Homeric epics; a comparative study of the earliest Greek and Phoenician inscriptions and a contrast of Greek and Semitic poetry; the composition of the Homeric epics, their communicative function and special type of language; the origins of propaganda in Aristotelian persuasion; literary evidence of how the Greeks and Romans learned to write; the ancient telegraph--its use for military purposes and the connection between its development and the spread of literacy; the ways in which the visual arts, temples, and sculpture of Greece communicated the ideas of the semiliterate early Greeks; and the effect of literacy on Greek historical writing, particularly the conflict between the aims of oral narration and those of written communication in the reconstruction of the past. (Mai)
The literate revolution in Greece and its cultural consequences by Eric Alfred Havelock( Book )

24 editions published between 1981 and 1990 in English and German and held by 828 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The lyric genius of Catullus by Eric Alfred Havelock( Book )

24 editions published between 1934 and 1970 in English and held by 543 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Origins of western literacy : four lectures delivered at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Toronto, March 25, 26, 27, 28, 1974 by Eric Alfred Havelock( Book )

22 editions published between 1976 and 1993 in 3 languages and held by 330 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The four essays in this book are concerned with the cultural consequences of literacy in that they demonstrate that some forms of competence, highly valued in society, developed in large part as an unintended consequence of the Greek alphabetic writing system. The first essay, entitled "Spoken Sound and Inscribed Sign," discusses the preliteracy of the Greeks, symbols of numbers versus symbols of language, speaking versus reading, diverse meanings of the word "write," and the priority of reading over writing. "The Pre-Greek Syllabaries" defines the act of recognition and discusses the alphabet versus syllabary, literacy and literature, and the control of technology over content. The third essay is concerned with "The Greek Alphabet" and the results of its invention. The final essay, "Aftermath of the Alphabet," discusses the law of residual ambiguity, the Roman version, literate culture in the classical age, readership before the printing press, politics and the alphabet, arithmetical "literacy" and musical "literacy," and the alphabetic cultures of the modern world. (Mai)
The crucifixion of intellectual man, incorporating a fresh translation into English verse of the Prometheus bound of Aeschylus by Eric Alfred Havelock( Book )

7 editions published between 1950 and 1951 in English and held by 229 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aux origines de la civilisation écrite en Occident by Eric Alfred Havelock( Book )

8 editions published in 1981 in French and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Prologue to Greek literacy by Eric Alfred Havelock( Book )

5 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dike : la nascita della coscienza by Eric Alfred Havelock( Book )

9 editions published between 1981 and 2003 in Italian and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Harold A. Innis : a memoir by Eric Alfred Havelock( Book )

2 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alle origini della filosofia greca by Eric Alfred Havelock( Book )

6 editions published in 1996 in Italian and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chinese characters and the Greek alphabet by Eric Alfred Havelock( Book )

3 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Muza uči da piše : (razmišljanja o usmenosti i pismenosti od drevnosti do danas) by Eric Alfred Havelock( Book )

1 edition published in 1991 in Serbian and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Agamemnon of Aeschylus : a commentary for students by Aeschylus( Book )

1 edition published in 1970 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

"This commentary discusses Aeschylus' play Agamemnon (458 BC), which is one of the most popular of the surviving ancient Greek tragedies, and is the first to be published in English since 1958. It is designed particularly to help students who are tackling Aeschylus in the original Greek for the first time, and includes a reprint of D.L. Page's Oxford Classical Text of the play. The introduction defines the place of Agamemnon within the Oresteia trilogy as a whole, and the historical context in which the plays were produced. It discusses Aeschylus' handling of the traditional myth and the main ideas which underpin his overall design: such as the development of justice and the nature of human responsibility; and it emphasizes how the power of words, seen as ominous speech-acts which can determine future events, makes a central contribution to the play's dramatic momentum. Separate sections explore Aeschylus' use of theatrical resources, the role of the chorus, and the solo characters. Finally there is an analysis of Aeschylus' distinctive poetic style and use of imagery, and an outline of the transmission of the play from 458 BC to the first printed editions."--Publisher's website
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The muse learns to write : reflections on orality and literacy from antiquity to the present
Alternative Names
Eric A. Havelock 1903-1988, British classicist

Eric A. Havelock Canadees filoloog (1903-1988)

Eric A. Havelock kanadischer Klassischer Philologe und Medientheoretiker

Eric Alfred Havelock

Eric Havelock

Eric Havelock filologo inglese

Havelock, E. A.

Havelock, E. A. 1903-

Havelock, E. A. 1903-1989

Havelock, E. A. (Eric Alfred)

Havelock, E. A. (Eric Alfred), 1903-

Havelock, E. A. (Eric Alfred), 1903-1989

Havelock, Eric A.

Havelock, Eric A. 1903-1989

Havelock, Eric A. (Eric Alfred)

Havelock, Eric A. (Eric Alfred), 1903-1989

Havelock, Eric Alfred

Havelock, Eric Alfred 1903-

Havelock, Eric Alfred 1903-1988

Havelok, Erik A.

Хэвлок, Эрик Альфред

해블록, 에릭 A. 1903-1988


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