Poets in a Landscape
Gilbert Highet was a legendary teacher at Columbia University, admired for his scholarship and his charisma as a lecturer. Poets in a Landscape is his delightful exploration of both Latin literature and the Italian landscape. As Highet writes in his introduction, “I have endeavored to recall some of the greatest Roman poets by describing the places were they lived, recreat...more
This book was a life-changer for me. I read it one summer when I was in high school and it transformed me from someone taking Latin because I had to do so to someone who cared about Latin poetry and wanted to be able to read it in the original. I ended up a classics major in university and I have been reading Latin ever since. I have not reread it in a long time because I'm afraid that at a different stage in my life it won't seem the same as in did all those years ago.
The charm of this book is ...more
This was a graduation gift from my girlfriend, and whenever I look through it I miss that atmosphere of int ...more
Plus, he gives the occasional “fuck yeah, books!” battle cry that I love: “These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves. From each of them goes out its own voice, as inaudible as the streams of soun ...more
However, Gilbert Highet writes so well that it is a pleasure to read; his prose landscapes are a near approach to poetry themselves.
pleasant injection of erudition on the Roman poets and their background, literary context and influence on latter-day literature and poetry.
Worthwhile reading for teachers of the Latin poets (there are dozens of us!) to stimulate the appreciative gene.