The Greek Way

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W. W. Norton & Company, Oct 25, 2010 - History - 272 pages
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Edith Hamilton buoyantly captures the spirit and achievements of the Greek civilization for our modern world.

In The Greek Way, Edith Hamilton captures with "Homeric power and simplicity" (New York Times) the spirit of the golden age of Greece in the fifth century BC, the time of its highest achievements. She explores the Greek aesthetics of sculpture and writing and the lack of ornamentation in both. She examines the works of Homer, Pindar, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Aristophanes, and Euripides, among others; the philosophy of Socrates and Plato’s role in preserving it; the historical accounts by Herodotus and Thucydides on the Greek wars with Persia and Sparta and by Xenophon on civilized living.

 

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User Review  - Sandydog1 - www.librarything.com

The stilted, Edwardian, arcane prose was a challenge for me. Maybe I've the attention span of a short-tailed shrew, maybe I'd do better with this book in Power Point format. 2 stars for readability, 5 ... Read full review

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User Review  - justindtapp - LibraryThing

This is an overview of Greek development of philosophy, the arts, and religion as well as a contrast with other cultures on earth during the classical Greek period and modern cultures. Hamilton ... 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
The Athenians as Plato Saw Them
78
Pindar The Last Greek Aristocrat 64
94
Herodotus The First Sightseer
122
The Idea of Tragedy
171
Ęschylus 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
References
259

Thucydides The Thing That Hath Been Is That x Xenophon The Ordinary Athenian Gentleman 155
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Edith Hamilton (1867–1963) was made an honorary citizen of Athens because of her writings. She won the National Achievement Award and received honorary degrees from Yale University, the University of Rochester, and the University of Pennsylvania. The author of The Roman Way, Mythology, and other works, she was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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