The Greek Way

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W. W. Norton & Company, Oct 25, 2010 - History - 272 pages
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Edith Hamilton (1867–1963) buoyantly captures the spirit and achievements of the Greek civilization for our modern world.

"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  - 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

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User Review  - Lynn Welden - Goodreads

This is a classic. And for a reason. I recommend it highly. 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 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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