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Barbara Graziosi: Bacchylides, 31 July 2008

Bacchylides: Politics, Performance, Poetic Tradition 
by David Fearn.
Oxford, 428 pp., £70, July 2007, 978 0 19 921550 8
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... of publications, but nothing resembling the frenetic publishing on other classical authors. David Fearn’s book is the first English-language monograph on Bacchylides in more than twenty years. Fearn sternly refuses to ask whether Bacchylides is any good. This is understandable, but his disengagement is also a ...

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Thomas Jones: The biography of stuff, 5 July 2001

... in the spring. Playing, in a manner of speaking, Achilles to de Botton’s tortoise, Nicholas Fearn’s Zeno and the Tortoise: How to Think like a Philosopher is to be published in the autumn. Fearn ‘dusts off 24 great philosophers in 25 miraculously short chapters’, ‘each readable during the journey to ...

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