With the clarity and grace for which she is admired, Edith Hamilton writes of Plato and Aristotle, of Demosthenes and Alexander the Great, of the much-loved playwright Menander, of the Stoics, and finally of Plutarch. She brings these figures vividly to life, not only placing them in relation to their own times but also conveying very poignantly their meaning for our world today.
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This can be a better approach to the ancient Greeks for those looking for a quick review of the philosophical and cultural underpinnings of the brief Greek democratic experiment for which Greece is often lionized in the West. Key philosophers, including one or two lesser knowns, and the gist of the major battles give insights into what Hamilton has claimed is unique amidst the ancient world to which Greece once belonged and helped to define.If, however, you see both titles (Echo of Greece and The Greek Way), and you're wanting to greater treatment, the author herself recommends the revision (The Greek Way) as the fuller accounting. *** Caveat: I do think the current publisher to be remiss in not indicating this important little fact in the title summary.
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About the same--which means great, actually.
It directs and sobers the western mind as to the true origins of what we usually call "western culture".
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