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Seamus Heaney and the Classics: Bann Valley Muses

Stephen Harrison, Fiona Macintosh, and Helen Eastman


The death of Seamus Heaney in 2013 is an appropriate point to honour the Irish poet’s contribution to classical reception in modern poetry in English; this is the first volume dedicated to that subject, though occasional essays have appeared in the past. The volume comprises literary criticism by scholars of classical reception and literature in English, and has some input from critics who are also poets and from theatre practitioners on their interpretations and productions of Heaney’s versions of Greek drama; it combines well-known names with early-career contributors, and friends and collab ... More

Keywords: Seamus Heaney, poetry, classics, Northern Ireland, Sophocles, Virgil

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198805656
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198805656.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Harrison, editor
Professor of Latin Literature and Fellow and Tutor in Classics, Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford

Fiona Macintosh, editor
Professor of Classical Reception, Director of the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama (APGRD), and Fellow of St Hilda's College, University of Oxford

Helen Eastman, editor
Freelance director of theatre and opera and Artistic Associate at the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama (APGRD), University of Oxford