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Greek Legacy: Classical Origins of the Modern World

By: The Great Courses,Daniel N. Robinson
Narrated by: Daniel N. Robinson
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Virtually all of the major building blocks of our culture (law, government, religion, science, medicine, drama, architecture, and more) derived ultimately from the ancient Greeks. In these 12 lectures, you'll explore the continuing influence of the classical Greek achievement on contemporary life. The point is not the often tedious claim that there is nothing new under the sun. Rather, it is to underscore the remarkable continuity of the Greek perspective and ethos preserved over several millennia. You'll learn how great literary themes that have dominated creative writing over the past two millennia were developed and bequeathed to us by a handful of ancient Greek poets and dramatists. You'll study the pure symmetry of ancient Greek art and architecture and its influence on everything from politics to the works of Leonardo da Vinci. You'll explore the Greek ideals in scholarship and the relationship the ancient Greeks saw between what you study and what you become.

You'll also get a chance to investigate the origins of the modern scientific method in the mathematical deductions of Pythagoras and the explosively productive inductive inquiries of Aristotle, as well as the origins of modern clinical medicine in the work of Hippocrates of Cos and the Greek writings of Galen. And you'll study statecraft, specifically the contemporary notions of freedom, self-government, virtuous leadership, and civic life that have their origins in the Athens of Pericles, Plato, and Aristotle.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

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Outstanding lecture series by one of the best out there, professor Daniel Robinson. A gifted and engaging speaker, this will appeal to anyone who loves and pursues truth.

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Informative, entertaining, and outright superb. Professor Daniel N. Robinson ranks among the best professors I've heard lecture both in my university and without.

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Excellent

Informative, insightful, enjoyable. I would highly recommend it for anyone interested in Ancient Greek philosophy and culture.

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It's okay

Not at all what I was hoping for, but it was neither good nor bad, just okay. I liked that it covered insights that the Greeks uncovered such as morals, values, character, beauty, and living the good life, happiness. It didn't really cover the people which, likely because it is such a short course.

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Great information but reeks of academic arrogance

I really enjoyed this speaker when he wasn’t interjecting his vegetarian view point or belittling religion and spirituality. I suppose he believes the Greeks would have held the same contempts. Either way, the information is concise and the Greek picture is painted with reverence and love. Ultimately, I appreciate the passion from which the speaker speaks.

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Tremendous

This was a marvel. Professor Robinson made connections and allusions that were so enlightening I found myself rewinding to listen to passages and phrases again and again. The wisdom of the material and Robinson abounds.

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great lecture

professor Robinson is one of my favorite audio book authors. He's witty, humorous and eloquent.

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Daniel Robinson

The series with Daniel Robinson are lecture series. There is course material. This college level thinking and one has to be prepared to seek out source material( the works of Plato, Aristotle etc) remember this. Trust me when I tell you the man is a genius. Prepare yourself and you will find his voice, his words, his teachings as enriching as I have.

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Great professor and extraordinary lectures

I really loved and enjoyed the last lecture as the professor concluded very nicely ....

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