Bernard Knox


Born
in Bradford, Yorkshire, The United Kingdom
November 24, 1914

Died
July 22, 2010

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Noted English classicist, author, and critic who became an American citizen. Knox is known for his efforts to make classics more accessible to the public.

Average rating: 3.86 · 343,877 ratings · 5,315 reviews · 32 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Norton Book of Classica...

4.19 avg rating — 125 ratings — published 1993 — 2 editions
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The Oldest Dead White Europ...

3.75 avg rating — 107 ratings — published 1991 — 4 editions
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The Heroic Temper: Studies ...

4.12 avg rating — 17 ratings — published 1983 — 3 editions
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Oedipus at Thebes: Sophocle...

4.31 avg rating — 16 ratings — published 1966 — 4 editions
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Essays Ancient and Modern

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Backing into the Future: Th...

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Word and Action: Essays on ...

4.60 avg rating — 5 ratings — published 1979 — 2 editions
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Édipo em Tebas

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The Iliad/The Odyssey/The A...

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Metamorphoses

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“If through no fault of his own the hero is crushed by a bulldozer in Act II, we are not impressed. Even though life is often like this—the absconding cashier on his way to Nicaragua is killed in a collision at the airport, the prominent statesman dies of a stroke in the midst of the negotiations he has spent years to bring about, the young lovers are drowned in a boating accident the day before their marriage—such events, the warp and woof of everyday life, seem irrelevant, meaningless. They are crude, undigested, unpurged bits of reality—to draw a metaphor from the late J. Edgar Hoover, they are “raw files.” But it is the function of great art to purge and give meaning to human suffering, and so we expect that if the hero is indeed crushed by a bulldozer in Act II there will be some reason for it, and not just some reason but a good one, one which makes sense in terms of the hero’s personality and action. In fact, we expect to be shown that he is in some way responsible for what happens to him.”
Bernard Knox, The Oedipus Cycle: Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus, Antigone

“Everywhere in Homer's saga of the rage of Achilles and the battles before Troy we are made conscious at one and the same time of war's ugly brutality and what Yeats called its "terrible beauty." The Iliad accepts violence as a permanent factor in human life and accepts it without sentimentality, for it is just as sentimental to pretend that war does not have its monstrous ugliness as it is to deny that it has its own strange and fatal beauty, a power, which can call out in men resources of endurance, courage and self-sacrifice that peacetime, to our sorrow and loss, can rarely command.”
Bernard Knox

“Hell hath no fury like a goddess scorned”
Bernard Knox, The Iliad

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