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Goldhill, Simon

Works: 81 works in 544 publications in 6 languages and 19,137 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Literature  Poetry  Biographies  Academic theses  Tragedies (Drama) 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, htt, Contributor, Creator
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Simon Goldhill
Jerusalem : city of longing by Simon Goldhill( )

20 editions published between 2008 and 2021 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,405 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jerusalem is the site of some famous religious monuments in the world, from the Dome of the Rock to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre to the Western Wall of the Temple. This work takes you on a tour through the history of this image-filled and ideology-laden city--from the bedrock of the Old Cityto the towering roofs of the Holy Sepulchre
Aeschylus, the Oresteia by Simon Goldhill( )

46 editions published between 1979 and 2010 in English and held by 2,081 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the first general introduction in English to Aeschylus's Oresteia, the most important and most influential of all Greek dramas. It discusses the Greek drama festival and the social and political background of Greek tragedy, and offers a reading of this central trilogy. The author focuses on the play's themes of justice, sexual politics, violence, and the position of man within culture, and explores how Aeschylus constructs a myth for the city in which he lived. A final chapter considers the influence of the Oresteia on later theater, and there is a guide to further reading
The Temple of Jerusalem by Simon Goldhill( )

32 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 1,835 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Temple has become the world's most potent symbol of the human search for a lost ideal, an image of greatness. Goldhill travels across cultural and temporal boundaries to convey the full extent of its impact on religious, artistic, and scholarly imaginations. Through biblical stories and ancient texts, rabbinical writings, archaeological records, and modern accounts, he traces the Temple's shifting significance for Jews, Christians, and Muslims." "A complex and engaging history of a singular locus of the imagination - a site of longing for the Jews; a central metaphor of Christian thought; an icon for Muslims; the Dome of the Rock - The Temple of Jerusalem also offers unique insight into where Judaism, Christianity, and Islam differ in interpreting their shared inheritance. It is a story that, from the Crusades onward, has helped form the modern political world."--Jacket
The end of dialogue in antiquity by Simon Goldhill( )

23 editions published between 2008 and 2020 in English and held by 1,496 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"'Dialogue' was invented as a written form in democratic Athens and made a celebrated and popular literary and philosophical style by Plato. Yet it almost completely disappeared in the Christian empire of late antiquity. This book, the first general and systematic study of the genre in antiquity, asks: who wrote dialogues and why? Why did dialogue no longer attract writers in the later period in the same way? Investigating dialogue goes to the heart of the central issues of power, authority, openness and playfulness in changing cultural contexts. This book analyses the relationship between literary form and cultural authority in a new and exciting way, and encourages closer reflection about the purpose of dialogue in its wider social, cultural and religious contexts in today's world."--Jacket
Victorian culture and classical antiquity : art, opera, fiction, and the proclamation of modernity by Simon Goldhill( )

16 editions published between 2011 and 2017 in English and held by 1,153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Victorian Culture and Classical Antiquity is an exploration of how the ancient worlds of Greece and Rome influenced Victorian culture. Through Victorian art, opera, and novels, Simon Goldhill examines how sexuality and desire, the politics of culture, and the role of religion in society were considered and debated through the Victorian obsession with antiquity. --from publisher description
The buried life of things : how objects made history in nineteenth-century Britain by Simon Goldhill( )

14 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 924 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Simon Goldhill offers a fresh and exciting perspective on how the Victorians used material culture to express their sense of the past in an age of progress, especially the biblical past and the past of classical antiquity. From Pompeian skulls on a writer's desk, to religious paraphernalia in churches, to new photographic images of the Holy Land, to the remaking of the cityscape of Jerusalem and Britain, Goldhill explores the remarkable way in which the nineteenth-century's sense of history was reinvented through things"--
Reading Greek tragedy by Simon Goldhill( Book )

30 editions published between 1986 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 792 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is an advanced critical introduction to Greek tragedy. It is written specifically for the reader who does not know Greek and who may be unfamiliar with the context of the Athenian drama festival but who nevertheless wants to appreciate the plays in all their complexity. Simon Goldhill aims to combine the best contemporary scholarly criticism in classics with a wide knowledge of modern literary studies in other fields. He discusses the masterpieces of Athenian drama in the light of contemporary critical controversies in such a way as to enable the student or scholar not only to understand and appreciate the texts of the most commonly read plays, but also to evaluate and utilize the range of approaches to the problems of ancient drama
Love, sex & tragedy : how the ancient world shapes our lives by Simon Goldhill( Book )

23 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in English and Dutch and held by 788 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Our debt to the ancient world can be seen all around us, from beautiful buildings to beautiful bodies. Classical columns adorn our high-street banks, and we are still as obsessed with the gym as the Greeks. But the influence of the Greeks and Romans is far greater than this. As Simon Goldhill explains in this book, almost every part of our lives - and our thought - finds its roots in classical Athens and Rome." "According to Socrates, the unexamined life is not worth living. Goldhill follows his advice to the full, examining the most basic areas of our lives today, from marriage and sex to politics and entertainment. Whether we are falling in love or waging wars in the name of democracy, Goldhill reveals how classical ideas continue to shape our behaviour and our attitudes in crucial ways."--BOOK JACKET
Sophocles and the language of tragedy by Simon Goldhill( Book )

23 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in English and held by 653 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This title presents a revolutionary take on Sophocles' tragic language and how our understanding of tragedy is shaped by our literary past. The book explores Sophocles' distinctive brilliance as a dramatist while investigating how the 19th-century critics developed a specific understanding of tragedy
Being Greek under Rome : cultural identity, the second sophistic and the development of empire by Simon Goldhill( Book )

24 editions published between 2001 and 2018 in English and held by 638 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These especially commissioned essays open up a fascinating perspective on a crucial era of western culture. In the second century CE the Roman empire dominated the Mediterranean, but Greek culture maintained its huge prestige. At the same time, Christianity and Judaism were vying for followers against the lures of such an elite cultural life. This book looks at how writers in Greek from all areas of Empire society respond to their political position, to intellectual authority, to religions and social pressures. It explores the interesting cultural clashes from which Christianity emerged to dominate the Empire. It presents a series of brilliant insights into how the culture of Empire functions and offers a fascinating and alternative understanding of the long history of imperialism and cultural conflict
The poet's voice : essays on poetics and Greek literature by Simon Goldhill( Book )

20 editions published between 1990 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 619 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'The project of this book', writes the author in his Preface, 'is to investigate how poetry and the figure of the poet are represented, discussed, contested within the poetry of ancient Greece'. Dr Goldhill seeks to discover how ancient authors broached the questions: From what position does a poet speak? With what authority? With what debts to the past? With what involvement in the present? Through a series of interrelated essays on Homer, lyric poetry, Aristophanes, Theocritus and Apollonius of Rhodes, key aspects in the history of poetics are discussed: tale-telling and the representation of man as the user of language; memorial and praise; parody, comedy and carnival; irony, masks and desire; the legacy of the past and the idea of influence. Detailed readings of major works of Greek literature show how richly rewarding and revealing this approach can be. The author makes liberal use of critical writings from areas of study other than Classics and focuses on problems central to contemporary critical debate. His book is uniquely placed to bring together modern and ancient poetics in a way that is enlightening for both. The work is written as much for the serious scholar of literary criticism as for the Classicist, and all Greek is translated
Foucault's virginity : ancient erotic fiction and the history of sexuality by Simon Goldhill( Book )

18 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 616 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The sexy, witty and often bizarre novels, poetry and dialogues of the first centuries of this era (works such as Longus' Daphnis and Chloe, Achilles Tatius' Leukippe and Cleitophon and Plutarch's Amatorius) were being composed at the same time as fundamental ideas about the body, gender and sexuality were being set in place with the rise of Christianity and the Church to dominate the pagan world. Modern writers on the history of sexuality have largely ignored this literature in favour of prose treatises, philosophy and Christian homilies. Simon Goldhill, writing with the same wit and verve as the ancient writers with whom he engages, sets out to put these texts back into the history of sexuality. The result is a dazzling celebration of sex and sexuality in the Greek literature of the first centuries CE
Language, sexuality, narrative, the Oresteia by Simon Goldhill( Book )

26 editions published between 1982 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 560 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is concerned with the complexity and difficulty of reading the Oresteia. It is not a traditional commentary, although it is often concerned with problems of interpretation and language, nor is it simply what is generally understood by a literary study, although it often discusses the wider themes of the narrative. It is a close reading of the text concentrating on the developing meanings of words within the structuring of the play. In particular, Simon Goldhill focuses on the text's interests in language and its control, in sexuality and sexual difference, and in the progression and description of events. Dr Goldhill links a sound philological knowledge with material drawn widely from modem literary theory and anthropological studies. The result is a challenging and provocative book, which offers for the serious student of Greek drama an exciting range of insights into one of the most important texts of the ancient world
Who needs Greek? : contests in the cultural history of Hellenism by Simon Goldhill( Book )

20 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 555 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Does Greek matter? To whom and why? This interdisciplinary study focuses on moments when passionate conflicts about Greek and Greekness have erupted in both the modern and the ancient worlds. It looks at the Renaissance, when men were burned at the stake over biblical Greek, at violent Victorian rows over national culture and the schooling of a country, at the shocking performances of modernist opera - and it also examines the ancient world and its ideas of what it means to be Greek, especially in the first and second centuries C.E. The book sheds fresh light on how the ancient and modern worlds interrelate, and how fantasies and deals, struggles and conflicts have come together under the name of Greece. As a contribution to theatre studies, Renaissance and Victorian cultural history, and to the understanding of ancient writing, this book takes reception studies in an exciting new direction."--Jacket
The invention of prose by Simon Goldhill( Book )

14 editions published in 2002 in English and Spanish and held by 537 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Performance culture and Athenian democracy by Simon Goldhill( Book )

20 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in English and Chinese and held by 492 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These new and specially commissioned essays discuss the ways in which performance is central to the practice and ideology of democracy in classical Athens. From theatre to law-court to gymnasium to symposium, performance is a basic part of Athenian society; how do these different areas interrelate and inform the politics and culture of the democratic city? Drama, rhetoric, philosophy, literature and art are all discussed by leading scholars in this interdisciplinary volume
Art and text in ancient Greek culture by Simon Goldhill( Book )

16 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 491 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These specially commissioned essays offer new and exciting perspectives on the interrelationships between verbal and visual signs in ancient Greek culture. The first section of the book focuses on fifth-century culture, examining the use that painters of pots make of writing, the ways in which images on pots can be read systematically, the ways in which the framing of architectural sculpture determines interpretation, and the exploitation of set-piece descriptions (ecphrases) in the theatre. The second section turns to Hellenistic culture, with essays on the poetic exploitation of riddling images, on the creation of rival worlds in travel literature, and on the imaginary museum, which explore a world self-conscious about the conditions of viewing at that time. Together, these essays offer a radical, fresh look at the ancient culture of viewing
How to stage Greek tragedy today by Simon Goldhill( Book )

11 editions published between 2007 and 2020 in English and held by 451 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"[E]xplains how Aeschylus, Euripides, and Sophocles conceived their works in performance and then summarizes everything we know about how their tragedies were actually staged ... [T]ackles the six major problems facing any company performing these works today: the staging space and concept of the play; the use of the chorus; the actor's role in an unfamiliar style of performance; the place of politics in tragedy; the question of translation; and the treatment of gods, monsters, and other strange characters of the ancient world."
A very queer family indeed : sex, religion, and the Bensons in Victorian Britain by Simon Goldhill( Book )

10 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 364 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"We can begin with a kiss, though this will not turn out to be a love story, at least not a love story of anything like the usual kind." So begins A Very Queer Family Indeed, which introduces us to the extraordinary Benson family. Edward White Benson became Archbishop of Canterbury at the height of Queen Victoria's reign, while his wife, Mary, was renowned for her wit and charm -- the prime minister once wondered whether she was "the cleverest woman in England or in Europe." The couple's six precocious children included E.F. Benson, celebrated creator of the Mapp and Lucia novels, and Margaret Benson, the first published female Egyptologist. What interests Simon Goldhill most, however, is what went on behind the scenes, which was even more unusual than anyone could imagine. Inveterate writers, the Benson family spun out novels, essays, and thousands of letters that open stunning new perspectives -- including what it might mean for an adult to kiss and propose marriage to a twelve-year-old girl, how religion in a family could support or destroy relationships, or how the death of a child could be celebrated. No other family has left such detailed records about their most intimate moments, and in these remarkable accounts, we see how family life and a family's understanding of itself took shape during a time when psychoanalysis, scientific and historical challenges to religion, and new ways of thinking about society were developing. This is the story of the Bensons, but it is also more than that -- it is the story of how society transitioned from the high Victorian period into modernity
Sophocles and the Greek tragic tradition( Book )

15 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in English and held by 333 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Thirteen essays by senior international experts on Greek tragedy take a fresh look at Sophocles' dramas. They reassess their crucial role in the creation of the tragic repertoire, in the idea of the tragic canon in antiquity, and in the making and infinite recreation of the tragic tradition in the Renaissance and beyond. The introduction looks at the paradigm shifts during the twentieth century in the theory and practice of Greek theatre, in order to gain a perspective on the current state of play in Sophoclean studies. The following three sections explore respectively the way that Sophocles' tragedies provoked and educated their original Athenian democratic audience, the language, structure and lasting impact of his Oedipus plays, and the centrality of his oeuvre in the development of the tragic tradition in Aeschylus, Euripides, ancient philosophical theory, fourth-century tragedy and Shakespeare."--Jacket
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Jerusalem : city of longing
Aeschylus, the OresteiaThe Temple of JerusalemThe end of dialogue in antiquityVictorian culture and classical antiquity : art, opera, fiction, and the proclamation of modernityThe buried life of things : how objects made history in nineteenth-century BritainReading Greek tragedyLove, sex & tragedy : how the ancient world shapes our livesSophocles and the language of tragedy
Alternative Names
Goldhill, S. 1957-

Goldhill, Simon David 1957-

Simon Goldhill Brits klassiek filoloog

Simon Goldhill englischer Altphilologe

Simon Goldhill helléniste britannique

سیمون گلدیل

골드힐, S. 1957-

골드힐, 사이먼 1957-