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A People's History of Classics: Class and Greco-Roman Antiquity in Britain and Ireland 1689 to 1939

A People's History of Classics

A People’s History of Classics explores the influence of the classical past on the lives of working-class people, whose voices have been almost completely excluded from previous histories of classical scholarship and pedagogy, in Britain and Ireland from the late 17th to the early 20th century.

This volume challenges the prevailing scholarly and public assumption that the intimate link between the exclusive intellectual culture of British elites and the study of the ancient Greeks and Romans and their languages meant that working-class culture was a ‘Classics-Free Zone’. Making use of diverse sources of information, both published and unpublished, in archives, museums and libraries across the United Kingdom and Ireland, Hall and Stead examine the working-class experience of classical culture from the Bill of Rights in 1689 to the outbreak of World War II. They analyse a huge volume of data, from individuals, groups, regions and activities, in a huge range of sources including memoirs, autobiographies, Trade Union collections, poetry, factory archives, artefacts and documents in regional museums. This allows a deeper understanding not only of the many examples of interaction with the Classics, but also what these cultural interactions signified to the working poor: from the promise of social advancement, to propaganda exploited by the elites, to covert and overt class war.

A People’s History of Classics offers a fascinating and insightful exploration of the many and varied engagements with Greece and Rome among the working classes in Britain and Ireland, and is a must-read not only for classicists, but also for students of British and Irish social, intellectual and political history in this period. Further, it brings new historical depth and perspectives to public debates around the future of classical education, and should be read by anyone with an interest in educational policy in Britain today.

Edition 1st Edition
First Published 2020
eBook Published 17 March 2020
Pub. Location London
Imprint Routledge
Pages 670
eBook ISBN 9781315446608


part I|160 pages

Canons, media and genres

chapter 1|18 pages

Motives and methods

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chapter 3|28 pages

Working-class readers

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part II|108 pages


chapter 8|23 pages

Dissenting Classics

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chapter 9|21 pages

Adult education

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chapter 10|27 pages

Classics and class in Ireland

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chapter 11|20 pages

Scottish working Classics

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part III|114 pages

Underdogs, underclasses, underworlds

chapter 13|22 pages

Seditious classicists

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chapter 14|15 pages

Underdog professors

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chapter 15|16 pages

Ragged-trousered philologists

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chapter 16|17 pages

Hinterland Greek

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chapter 17|20 pages

Classical underworlds

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chapter 18|22 pages

Class and the classical body

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part IV|155 pages

Working identities

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chapter 20|20 pages

Shoemaker Classics

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chapter 21|20 pages

Pottery workers

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chapter 22|16 pages

Classics amongst the miners

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chapter 24|18 pages


Dai and Diomedes on the Somme

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chapter 25|19 pages

Theatre practitioners

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chapter 26|5 pages


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