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By Simon Goldhill

This is often the 1st common examine of the earliest writers of Greek prose for college students and academics alike. taking a look at background, drugs, technological know-how, philosophy and rhetoric, it asks why and the way those new genres of writing happened within the 5th and fourth centuries BCE. it truly is therefore a research of the cultural and political revolution often called the Greek enlightenment, which has proved so influential and demanding for contemporary Western concept and society. Questions mentioned comprise how and why rhetoric performed any such function in democracy, how background written in prose adjustments a view of the previous, and the way technology and philosophy build new versions of realizing what authority is. An exploration is accessible of ways literary historical past and social and political background have interaction. Written in a full of life and transparent sort, the booklet makes an ideal advent to the classical global of Athens.

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Conan Doyle is unusual among writers in the importance he accorded to sports in his life and the pleasure he derived from them. He may have been a professional writer living entirely by his pen, but he was pleased when, after they had become the first men to travel on skis between Davos and Arosa in Switzerland, his companion Tobias Branger entered Conan Doyle’s profession in the Arosa hotel registry as “Sportesmann” (M&A, 293). It is crucial to this question that Conan Doyle professed sport as an amateur, but his sportsman- sp ort 19 ship does not make him less important than more indoor authors, or less interesting, either as a literary writer or as a man of letters.

As with all his historical novels, Rodney Stone is carefully researched and Conan Doyle took pains to make the historical detail, and especially the prizefighting, as accurate as he could. Several actual Regency fighters make their appearance, as well as figures like the Prince himself, Beau Brummel, and Lord Nelson. Boxing was peculiarly British, as had been patriotically claimed in the anonymous Fistiana; or, The Oracle of the Ring. ”28 Rodney Stone himself sets prizefighting in the Regency carefully in the context of a national history and character.

It was 47 For a useful profile of the latter, see the memoir by the long-serving Colonial Service director of recruitment, Ralph Furse, Aucuparius: Recollections of a Recruiting Officer (London: Oxford University Press, 1962), 219–22. 48 Birley, Sport and the Making of Britain, 332. For the glories and contradictions of Grace’s career, see also David Kynaston, WG’s Birthday Party (London: Bloomsbury, 2010). 49 Sport might be healthy, educative, morally uplifting, socially adhesive, but it was also beautiful—as is repeatedly demonstrated in Conan Doyle’s mildly homoerotic descriptions of boxers’ bodies.

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