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A people's history of classics : class and Greco-Roman antiquity in Britain and Ireland 1689 to 1939

A people's history of classics : class and Greco-Roman antiquity in Britain and Ireland 1689 to 1939 / Edith Hall and Henry Stead.
Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2020.
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xxvii, 642 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24cm
"A People's History of Classics explores the influence of the classical past on the lives of working-class people, whose voices have been almost completely excluded from previous histories of classical scholarship and pedagogy, in Britain and Ireland from the late 17th to the earlier 20th century. This volume challenges the prevailing scholarly and public assumption that the intimate link between the exclusive intellectual culture of British elites and the study of the ancient Greeks and Romans and their languages meant that working-class culture was a 'Classics-Free Zone'. Making use of diverse sources of information, both published and unpublished, in archives, museums and libraries across the United Kingdom and Ireland, Hall and Stead examine the working-class experience of classical culture from the Bill of Rights in 1689 to the outbreak of the Second World War. They analyse a huge volume of data, from individuals, groups, regions, and activities, in a huge range of sources including memoirs, autobiographies, Trade Union collections, poetry, factory archives, artefacts and documents in regional museums. This allows a deeper understanding not only of the many examples of interaction with the Classics, but also what these cultural interactions signified to the working poor: from the promise of social advancement, to propaganda exploited by the elites, to covert and overt class war. A People's History of Classics offers a fascinating and insightful exploration of the many and varied engagements with Greece and Rome among the working classes in Britain and Ireland, and is a must-read not only for classicists, but also for students of British and Irish social, intellectual and political history in this period. Further, it brings new historical depth and perspectives to public debates around the future of classical education, and should be read by anyone with an interest in educational policy in Britain today"-- Provided by publisher.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Motives and methods
The invention of classics
Working-class readers
18th-century working-class poets
Classics and class in life-writing
Working-class classics via the visual environment
Staging class struggle classically
Dissenting classics
Workers' educational classics
Classics & class in Ireland
Scottish working classes
Caractacus and Lloyd-George's recruiting drive in Wales
Seditious classicists
Underdog professors
Ragged-trousered philologists
Hinterland Greek
Classical underworlds
Class and the classical body
Gods and heroes of the proletariat
Pottery workers
Socialist and communist scholars
Soldiers : Dai and Diomedes on the Somme
Theatre practitioners.
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