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British Classics Outside England
The Academy and Beyond

Edited by Judith P. Hallett and Christopher Stray

British Classics Outside England
Hardback, 230 pages $19.95
Published: 15th December 2008
ISBN: 9781602580121
Format: 9in x 6in

Subjects: All Classics

The essays in this informative book explore the impact of British classics—the study of Greco-Roman antiquity, with an emphasis on the classical Latin and Greek languages—beyond the borders of England itself, during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries: inside the academy as specialized scholarship and teaching, outside the academy as a mode of social and cultural formation. Not only did British classics permeate England; they brought English values to Scotland, Wales, and America as well. Far into the twentieth century, to learn classics “the Oxbridge way” was to cloak oneself in the mantle of a gentleman—even when the “gentleman” was a woman.


Judith P. Hallett and Christopher Stray

I  British Classics beyond England: Scotland, Wales and the Empire

1   The Democratic Intellect Preserved: Scotland and the Classics 1826-1836

Mick Morris

2   Classics and Welsh Cultural Identity in the Nineteenth Century

Ceri Davies

3   Kathleen Freeman: An Apostle and Evangelist for Classical Greece

Eleanor Irwin

4   Greek, Latin and the Indian Civil Service

Phiroze Vasunia

II  The impact of British classics in the United States

5   Politics and Scholarship: Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve and Nineteenth-Century British Classics

Ward Briggs

6   Grace Harriet Macurdy: The Role of British Classics in the Self-Fashioning of an American Woman Scholar

Barbara F. McManus

7   J. A. K. Thomson and Classical Reception Studies: American Influences and ‘Classical Influences’

Barbara F. McManus

8   The Anglicizing Way: Edith Hamilton (1867-1963) and the Twentieth-Century Transformation of Classics in the USA

Judith P. Hallett





"British Classics Outside England contributes to a rich investigation of the intersecting histories of scholarship, politics, gender, and cultural identity."

—Lorna Hardwick, Director – Reception of Classical Texts Research Project, The Open University

Judith P. Hallett (Ph.D. Harvard University) is Professor of Classics, University of Maryland, College Park.  Other publications by Hallett include: Roman Sexualities (co-editor, 1997), Compromising Traditions: The Personal Voice in Classical Scholarship (1996), and Fathers and Daughters in Roman Society: Women and the Elite Family (1984).

Christopher Stray (Ph.D. University of Wales) is Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Classics, Ancient History, and Egyptology, Swansea University. His publications on the history of classical education and scholarship include Classics Transformed: Schools, Universities, and Society in England 1830-1960 (1998) and The Living Word: W.H.D.Rouse and the Crisis of Classics in Edwardian England (1992).


Publication Details:

 Hardback , 230 pages
 9in x 6in

  HIS037030, HIS054000, LIT004190
 Baylor University Press

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