For over two millennia in the West, familiarity with the literature, philosophy, and values of the Classical World has been synonymous with education itself. The traditions of the Greeks explain why Western Culture’s unique tenets of democracy, capitalism, civil liberty, and constitutional government are now sweeping the globe. Yet the general public in America knows less about its cultural origins than ever before, as Classical education rapidly disappears from our high school and university curricula.
Acclaimed classicists Hanson and Heath raise an impassioned call to arms: if we lose our knowledge of the Greeks, we lose our understanding of who we are. With straightforward advice and informative reading lists, the authors present a highly useful primer for anyone who wants more knowledge of Classics, and thus of the beauty and perils of our own culture.
©1998 Victor Davis Hanson and John Heath (P)2000 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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This book outlines the problems with modern liberal distortions of the classics and how they have contributed to the destruction of a classical education. The only improvement I can recommend is that the author should update with a second edition.
This book is a searing indictment of a whole generation of careerist "Classicists" who have done incalculable damage to the cause of Classical wisdom in our lifetime. The book is well written and researched and presents a pragmatic picture of the state of Classical Studies in today's Western academic milieu. That said, this book is also an inspirational clarion call to arms for those inclined to gird themselves in the panoply of Greek wisdom, and who burn to spread the fire of Greek learning far and wide. If this book doesn't goad you into action, nothing will.
Interesting and entertaining book. Most excellent narrator. Red meat of a certain sort. (The sort I most like.) You will laugh, lament, and be invigorated.
The authors spend the fist 4/5s of the book detailing how the study of Classics has lost its way but they provide an in-depth and holistic solution on how to rebuild the academy in the last fifth.
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