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Ancient Philosophy

A Very Short Introduction
Narrated by: Pamela Gold
Length: 3 hrs and 45 mins
Categories: History, Ancient
4 out of 5 stars (33 ratings)

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The tradition of ancient philosophy is a long, rich and varied one, in which the notes of discussion and argument constantly resound. This book introduces ancient debates, engaging us with the ancient developments of their themes. Moving away from the presentation of ancient philosophy as a succession of great thinkers, the book gives readers a sense of the freshness and liveliness of ancient philosophy, and of its wide variety of themes and styles.

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A Nice Introduction

If you could sum up Ancient Philosophy in three words, what would they be?

Great Thinkers Arise.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

I don't know if I would go so far as to use the word 'compelling' but as an introduction to the topic I felt it was presented well and in a logical manner.

What does Pamela Gold bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Her narration is easy to listen to throughout the entire audible book.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I would have to say no.

Any additional comments?

This is a good book. Written by a well-known and academically credible author.

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not all that introductory, but interesting

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It was a really interesting introduction to particular works and philosophers, but discussed the works as if you already had some familiarity with them. I never read The Republic, and I feel I probably would have gotten more out of this book if I had even a passing familiarity with it. There isn't much summary of the philosophers or their writing. You're expected to pick it up through the discussion. But that is possible. It was clearly written and enjoyable. Narration is well done and engaging.

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