Greek Realities: Life and Thought in Ancient Greece

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Wayne State University Press, 1967 - History - 464 pages
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"The study of the Greeks can never be a closed account. The wide variety of critical and descriptive works written about them . . . . bears witness to man's continuing preoccupation with himself. Other ages might talk of God or machines; the Greeks, from Homer to Diogenes, were fascinated with man. Plato's emphasis on the spiritual world and Diogenes' unheroic retreat may seem to be departures from the Greek way. But that would be true if there were a single Greek way. Obviously, there was not. It is the variety of ideas about man, who he is and who he hopes to be, which is the real Greek legacy . . . . This book [begins] with the rich tombs of Mycenaean kings who tried desperately to preserve what they had won. It ends with Diogenes and his fellow Cynics who say that it is better to let it all go. In between are the heroes, the art, the history which belong to the ancient Greeks. The questions they raised and the answers they offered are still the concern of us all."

—Finley Hooper


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Reading this book was God awful boring. I think it made me less intelligent for the 30-some odd pages I actually read. In fact reading this book causes permanent brain damage and eye damage as well ... Read full review


Prehistory and the Bronze
The Mycenaean Civilization Homer
The Formative Years at Athens
The Persian Wars and After 757
The Whole Man 779
Sparta and Thebes 557

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Finley Hooper is professor of history at Wayne State University. His Greek Realities, published originally by Charles Scribner's Sons, is now reissued by Wayne State University Press as a companion volume to his new work on Roman history, Roman Realities (Wayne State University Press, 1978).

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