The Greeks and Greek Civilization

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Macmillan, Oct 21, 1999 - History - 504 pages
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Jacob Burckhardt (1818-1897) is perhaps the preeminent historian of classical and Renaissance art, architecture, and culture. Burckhardt completed significant " cultural history," which he only described in his famous Reflections on History and in a celebrated series of lectures delivered in Basel in 1872. Burckhardt dramatically renounced these speeches during his own lifetime, fearing a hostile reception by a world body of scholars and critics who remained wedded to a romanticized view of the ancient Greek world. It is only now, for the first time, that the core of these lectures is available in book form to the English-language reader. Rejecting the notion that a perfect democracy had in fact existed, Burckhardt portrayed ancient Greek culture as an aristocratic world based on ruthless competition for honor, which led, in turn, to a tyrannous state with minimal freedoms.
 

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German cultural historian Burckhardt (1818—97) delivered a series of controversial lectures in the 1870s on life in ancient Greece, now first translated into English to provide a fascinating ... Read full review

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With a masterful application of brevity, classicist Murray (Oxford Univ.) has edited Burckhardt's series of 19th-century lectures on Greek civilization. Burckhardt's reputation as the first cultural ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
3
The Greeks and their Mythology
13
The Palis
37
General Characteristics of Greek Life
63
Introductory Remarks
127
The Heroic Age
135
HI The Agonal Age
160
The Fifth Century
214
The Fourth Century to the Age of Alexander
282
The Hellenistic Age
346
The Intellectual Necessity of Studying
364
CORRESPONDING PAGE NUMBERS OF THE GERMAN
429
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Jacob Burckhardt (1818-1897) was one of the greatest historians of the nineteenth century. He was professor of History and the History of Art at the University of Basel from 1858 to 1893, and was a mentor to Friedrich Nietzsche.

Dr. Oswyn Murray is CUF Lecturer in Ancient History, Faculty of Classics, at Oxford University, and director of an international project entitled Bibliotheca Academica Translationum, investigating the diffusion of classical studies through the translation of works of scholarship in Europe, 1700-1920.

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