And while Egypt submitted and suffered and turned her face toward death, Greece resisted and rejoiced and turned full-face to life. Kennedy, whose political career Robert had built his own around. We set the limits to thought. Such moments make this book worthwhile for any student of the classics. Greek authors, she claims, routinely used their language less to appeal to the emotions than to factual truth, logic, and ideas. In short, Edith Hamilton and 5th century Athens just need to get a room.
The colossal statues have only just emerged from the rocks of the hills. But all in all a good read. Little is said of the oligarchic governments of poleis such as Thebes, Sparta or Corinth, nor of the excesses of Athenian democracy; the list of great names who succumbed to democratic reigns of terror is a sad one: Themistokles, Aristedes, Alkibiades, Socrates… The subjective feeling is that the Greeks were fighting something similar to Nazism in their Persian Wars. The textbook for the course was boring, but this book which was also assigned was not. It focuses mainly on Greek mythology, although there is a brief section on Norse mythology at the end.
However, the first four chapters and the last three share in the same flaws that I noted in my review of The Echo of Greece. One high point for me was the story of Socrates drinking everyone else under the table at the dinner party, and of him being ribbed by his companions about his shrewish wife. The author of The Roman Way, Mythology, and other works, she was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Soon other subjects came along that stole my attention. Let me give just one example.
Thumbs up for by Edith Hamilton. However, the first four chapters and the last three share in the same flaws that I noted in my review of The Echo of Greece. Enraptured by the spirit of Classical Antiquity, she did what any academic would and traveled to the center of Greek and Roman studies, Germany, to continue her education. Human history, he says, is a cycle which excess of power keeps revolving. It's mind-boggling that having been published in 1942, this is still one of the best interpretations around.
Hamilton returned to the United States in 1896 and accepted a position of the headmistress of the Bryn Mawr Preparatory School in Baltimore, Maryland. This is not a lucrative venture, but if you do decide you want to read one of the books I link to, and your neighborhood bookstore hasn't got it, then it would be simply lovely if you were to go to Amazon via one of my links. Auden, and Simone Weil, among others - sought both to articulate a sober and reflective critique of their own culture and to outline a plan for the moral and spiritual regeneration of their countries in the post-war world. It is a worthy exercise to read this book to understand more about our current civilization and where we came from. To continue shopping at Indigo. Her passion for the classics, she co-edited what is still a standard collection of Plato's Dialogues, is evident on every page. The truth category was a composite, of some 3.
It will readily be seen what it did to the human intellect to live in such an atmosphere, and what it did to the human character too. Play died when Greece died and many and many a century passed before it was resurrected. She describes the essential character of the great writers of the period so their words and stories don't simply blend together in an unintelligible mass but are clearly distinguishable. Hard to imagine what could be better for the purpose of introducing the achievements of classical Greece to modern readers. From Socrates to Galileo and Darwin to Wittgenstein and Hawking, this is an account of the world's greatest intellectual virtuosos - who are also humanity's greatest doubters and disbelievers - and their attempts to reconcile the seeming meaninglessness of the universe with the human need for meaning.
Tags: , , Description: This book is a revised edition of the author's first book which was published in 1930, but now with 5 additional chapters of material. That being said, I am glad this book was suggested. And that is the chief virtue of the book—it inspires me to read more of classical literature, of Plato and Aristotle, to really read Thucydides carefully this time, and not as an undergraduate fulfilling an assignment. . Egypt was several thousand years old by the time the Greeks came into their ascendancy.
The textbook for the course was boring, but this book which was also assigned was not. In grammar school I studied Greek mythology, and was mesmerized by the Odyssey and the Iliad. Often you may find yourself disagreeing with her. She makes historical figures come alive as real humans by examining their writings as well as anecdotes told about them by their contemporaries. Edith Hamilton is my favourite writer when it comes to describing ancient Greek mythology. Unless you are a resolute cynic and what are you doing here, anyway — go away! It hard for the reader not to succumb to the admirable presentation and s I first encountered the work of Edith Hamilton when I was a student of Latin in high school. Wretched people, toiling people, do not play.
Sometimes people go on living even after the moment when they or others feel they should have died. It's relevance to today's art, literature, and politics continually made me pause to consider my previously deficient understanding. What the heck, thought I, I can always use a bit of solace, and a bracing visit with my western heritage, etc. The story begins when Paris, son of Priam, King of Troy, carries off the beautiful Helen, thereby precipitating the bitter Trojan War. Mrs Hamilton has a strong need to compare cultures and thus extract the truth shes looking for from the contrasts.
The Greeks knew to the full how bitter life is as well as how sweet. This book stokes the imagination and invites further study of the subject. It is certainly realistic and natural in its way. Did it make you laugh or cry? Then they fly from the terror without to the citadel within, which famine and pestilence and fire and sword cannot shake. I happened t I first read this book back in college at a humanities survey course. She may be right in what she says, but her arguments are incomplete. One of the finest satires ever written, this lively tale follows the absurdly melodramatic adventures of the youthful Candide, who is forced into the army, flogged, shipwrecked, betrayed, robbed, separated from his beloved Cunégonde, and tortured by the Inquisition.