• P.J. Conradie Redakteur / Editor


In research devoted to the Naehleben of the Classics too little_attention has been given to novels dealing with classical myths and history, perhaps because they have been regarded as too "popular". This attitude, however, is mistaken, for these novels have aroused great interest in readers who do not ordinarily come into contact with classical civilisation. The treatment of the Classics in these novels varies. On the one hand there are the novels which deal indirectly with ancient myth and history, mainly by means of allusions, e.g. The secret history by Donna Tartt which is discussed in this issue. On the other hand there are novelists who try to describe the mythical or historical events as realistically as possible. Among the novelists of the second group Mary Renault (pseudonym of Mary Challans) occupies a prominent position, and a recent book by David Sweetman, Mary Renault, a biography (London: Chatto & Windus, 1993), has again drawn attention to her achievement in this field.
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