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Translating Rome free pdf In his translations of three major works from the Roman world, brought together in one volume for the first time, Robert Graves brings the myths, legends and history of the classical world vividly to life. His translations influenced a generation of readers, and writers, when they were first published in the 1950s. As Robert Cummings discusses in his introduction, Graves may sometimes override the strict demands of accuracy- his interpretations of, and responses to, hi1000s material may at times be idiosyncratic, but 'Whatever complaints are lodged against Graves' translations, he remains, after fifty years, eminently readable.' Graves himself recognised the translator's problem: 'how much is owed to the letter, and how much to the spirit'. It is the novelist's narrative virtuosity, his flair for catching a character's individual voice, and, above all, his endless curiosity about the world, that make these translations as memorably entertaining as they were to their original audience, as well as a revealing mirror to Graves' interest in myth in The White Goddess and his imaginative recreations of the classical world in "I, Claudius" and "Claudius the God". "The Golden Ass" is one of the essential works in European literature, a magical, entertaining, sometimes bawdy, adventure, to which Graves responds with exuberant delight. In contrast, Lucan's "Pharsalia" an account of the civil war between Julius Casear and Pompey, raises for Graves issues of the writer's moral responsibility, the rejection of rhetoric, that in his own time, he writes, had sent poets 'marching through the Waste Land' after the Great War. "The Twelve Caesars" exemplifies the writer's responsibility to the truthful record in its vivid accounts of the corruptions of arbitrary power.

About Robert Graves

Robert Graves (1895-1985), poet, classical scholar, novelist, and critic, was one of the greatest writers of the 20th Century. Athough he produced over 100 books he is perhaps best known for the novel I, Claudius (1934),The White Goddess (1948) and Greek Myths (1955). Robert Graves was born in Wimbledon, South London. His father, Alfred Percival Graves, was a school inspector, and his mother, Amalie von Ranke Graves, was a great-niece of the German historian Leopold von Ranke (1795-1866). He was educated at Charterhouse, and awarded a B.Litt by St. John's College, Oxford after his return from World war I, where he served alsongside Siegfried Sassoon. Robert Graves died in 1985 in Deja, the Majorcan village he had made his home (with the exception of the Spanish Civil War and the Second World War) since 1929.

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Author : Robert Graves
Publisher : Carcanet Press Ltd
Data Published : 28 January 2010
ISBN : 1857546687
EAN : 9781857546682
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 440 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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