Pater as Professional Classicist

Hurst, Isobel. 2017. Pater as Professional Classicist. In: Charles Martindale; Stefano Evangelista and Elizabeth Prettejohn, eds. Pater the Classicist: Classical Scholarship, Reception, and Aestheticism. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 33-46. ISBN 9780198723417 [Book Section]

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Pater contributed to the modernization of Classics at Oxford by introducing art and archaeology into the study of ancient literary, historical, and philosophical texts, and by examining myth and ritual. Pater’s reading of texts, philosophical arguments, and historical examples from ancient Greece and Rome in relation to modern literature and philosophy exemplifies the comparative approach encouraged in Oxford Classics students. His wide reading and innovative approach did not always fit in with his role as a college lecturer preparing undergraduates for examinations, but helped to make him an influential precursor for scholars such as Jane Ellen Harrison. His sister Clara Pater also taught Classics at Oxford, and was involved with campaigns for the higher education of women. Pater sought to make Greek literature and philosophy available to readers outside the university by publishing versions of his lectures in popular periodicals and books.

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9 March 2017Published

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