Gilbert Murray Reassessed Hellenism, Theatre, and International Politics

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-08-30
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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This is the first comprehensive account of the life and work of the distinguished scholar and public figure Gilbert Murray (1866-1957). Sixteen contributors survey his childhood, his work in the theatre and in international relations, his Greek scholarship and contributions on religion andphilosophy, his friendships (including those with Bertrand Russell and A. E. Housman), his long commitment to the Home University Library, his radio work, and his involvement with psychic research. The book opens with memoirs by two of his grandchildren. Two biographies of Murray were published inthe 1980s, but the range of his activities makes it impossible for a single person to encompass them all adequately. This book, published 50 years after his death, aims to proved a comprehensive reassessment of a remarkable man.

Author Biography

Christopher Stray is Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Classics, University of Wales Swansea.

Table of Contents

List of Contributorsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Remembering our Grandfatherp. 17
A Broken Mirror: Gilbert Murray's Reflections of an Australian Childhoodp. 33
Gilbert Murray on Greek Literature: The Great/Greek Man's Burdenp. 51
Gilbert Murray and Greek Religionp. 81
Gilbert Murray's Greek Editionsp. 103
Gilbert Murray's Translations of Greek Tragedyp. 133
From the Court to the National: The Theatrical Legacy of Gilbert Murray's Bacchaep. 145
Gilbert Murray and A. E. Housmanp. 167
'Macte nova virtute, puer!': Gilbert Murray as Mentor and Friend to J. A. K. Thomsonp. 181
Gilbert Murray, Bertrand Russell, and the Theory and Practice of Politicsp. 201
Gilbert Murray and International Politicsp. 217
Retrieving Cosmos: Gilbert Murray's Thought on International Relationsp. 239
The Classicist as Liberal Intellectual: Gilbert Murray and Alfred Eckhard Zimmernp. 261
'That Living Voice': Gilbert Murray at the BBCp. 293
'Yours Obediently, Gilbert Murray': Letters to The Timesp. 319
Gilbert Murray and Psychic Researchp. 349
Bibliographyp. 371
Indexp. 395
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