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The classical bazaar

Seldom has writing about the classical world been so popular, and so good. And most of the writers are interested in it for its own sake

By Richard Jenkyns   January 2009

The last few years have seen a steady flow of popular books about the classical world. From the ancient Greece of the 8th century BC to the collapsing Roman empire a millennium and more later, it has been the subject not only of popular histories, but of novels; not only of academic explorations, but of more anecdotal engagements with the travels and writings of the ancients. The ancient world has always held a deep fascination for the west. But does this lively and apparently growing public interest answer to some peculiarly modern hunger?

Certainly, critics and historians have in many…

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