The Greek Way (Google eBook)

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W. W. Norton & Company, Oct 25, 2010 - History
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The aim of this work is not a history of events but an account of the achievement and spirit of Greece.

"Five hundred years before Christ in a little town on the far western border of the settled and civilizaed world, a strange new power was at work. . . . Athens had entered upon her brief and magnificent flowering of genius which so molded the world of mind and of spirit that our mind and spirit today are different. . . . What was then produced of art and of thought has never been surpasses and very rarely equalled, and the stamp of it is upon all the art and all the thought of the Western world."

A perennial favorite in many different editions, Edith Hamilton's best-selling The Greek Way captures the spirit and achievements of Greece in the fifth century B.C. A retired headmistress when she began her writing career in the 1930s, Hamilton immediately demonstrated a remarkable ability to bring the world of ancient Greece to life, introducing that world to the twentieth century. The New York Times called The Greek Way a "book of both cultural and critical importance."
  

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User Review  - Michael - Goodreads

This is not a work of history or research, but rather one of opinion. Hamilton is more interested in communicating pet theory here, than fact. However it would be a mistake to dismiss her as ... Read full review

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User Review  - Raymond Thomas - Goodreads

Really good book at examining the cultural influences and differences between Greece and Western Society. Most of the chapters are designed to look at Ancient Greece, generally Athens, through the ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
9
East and West
13
Mind and Spirit
24
The Way of the East and the West in Art
40
The Greek Way of Writing
52
Pindar The Last Greek Aristocrat
64
The Athenians as Plato Saw Them
78
Aristophanes and the Old Comedy
94
Xenophon The Ordinary Athenian Gentleman
155
The Idea of Tragedy
171
∆schylus The First Dramatist
179
Sophocles Quintessence of the Greek
195
Euripides The Modern Mind
205
The Religion of the Greeks
215
The Way of the Greeks
229
The Way of the Modern World
253

Herodotus The First Sightseer
122
Thucydides The Thing That Hath Been Is That Which Shall Be
139
References
259
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About the author (2010)

Edith Hamilton won the National Achievement Award in 1950, received honorary degrees of Doctor of Letters from Yale University, the University of Rochester, and the University of Pennsylvania, and was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 1957 she was many an honorary citizen of Athens and was decorated with the Golden Cross of the Order of Benefaction by King Paul of Greece.

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