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Translation and the Classic: Identity as Change in the History of Culture

Alexandra Lianeri and Vanda Zajko


This book proposes a framework in which ‘the classic’ figures less as an autonomous entity than as the result of the interplay between source text and translation practice. It discusses the consequences of this hypothesis for questioning established definitions of the classic: how does translation mediate the social, political, and national uses of ‘the classics’ in the contemporary global context of changing canons and traditions? The idea of the classic is invested in a particular model of history, one that allows for a perpetual tension between the enduring and the transient, and for the su ... More

Keywords: translation, classic, historicity, temporality, translation, cosmopolitanism

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Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199288076
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199288076.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexandra Lianeri, editor
Moses Finley Fellow, Darwin College, University of Cambridge

Vanda Zajko, editor
Senior Lecturer in Classics, University of Bristol
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Alexandra Lianeri and Vanda Zajko

I Theorizing Translation and the Classic

II The Survival of the Classic: Tracing the History of Translations

10 Classic Simplicity

Fred Parker

III Contesting the Classic: The Politics of Translation Practice

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