The Greek Way

The Greek Way

by Edith Hamilton


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Edith Hamilton buoyantly captures the spirit and achievements of the Greek civilization for our modern world.

In The Greek Way, Edith Hamilton captures with "Homeric power and simplicity" (New York Times) the spirit of the golden age of Greece in the fifth century BC, the time of its highest achievements. She explores the Greek aesthetics of sculpture and writing and the lack of ornamentation in both. She examines the works of Homer, Pindar, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Aristophanes, and Euripides, among others; the philosophy of Socrates and Plato’s role in preserving it; the historical accounts by Herodotus and Thucydides on the Greek wars with Persia and Sparta and by Xenophon on civilized living.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393354447
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 07/25/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 99,865
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Edith Hamilton (1867–1963) was made an honorary citizen of Athens because of her writings. She won the National Achievement Award and received honorary degrees from Yale University, the University of Rochester, and the University of Pennsylvania. The author of The Roman Way, Mythology, and other works, she was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Table of Contents

Preface 9

I East and West 13

II Mind and Spirit 24

III The Way of the East and the West in Art 40

IV The Greek Way of Writing 52

V Pindar, The Last Greek Aristocrat 64

VI The Athenians as Plato Saw Them 78

VII Aristophanes and the Old Comedy 94

VIII Herodotus, The First Sight-seer 122

IX Thucydides, The Thing That Hath Been Is That Which Shall Be 139

X Xenophon, The Ordinary Athenian Gentleman 153

XI The Idea of Tragedy 171

XII Æschylus, The First Dramatist 179

XIII Sophocles, Quintessence of the Greek 195

XIV Euripides, The Modern Mind 205

XV The Religion of the Greeks 215

XVI The Way of the Greeks 229

XVII The Way of the Modern World 253

References 259

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Greek Way 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
B-2 More than 1 year ago
Work of letters rather that of history - not quite what I personally was looking for. I was interested in a historical birds-eye review of ancient Greek civilization , but the book is mostly literary reflections on the subject. Probably valuable for someone who already knows all about Ancient Greece, but confusing and frustrating for likes of myself. I grade the books as Buy and Keep (BK), Read Library book and Return ( RLR) and Once I Put it Down I Couldn't Pick it Up ( OIPD-ICPU). Sorry, but this one was OIPD-ICPU for my.
Manirul More than 1 year ago
Awesome....! Awful..!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book!!!!!
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William Bigelow More than 1 year ago
I first learned of this book from reading David Brooks's "The Social Animal". Hamilton explores the balance between mind and spirit as it exisited for about 50 years in fifth century Athens, between the Persian and Peleponesian wars. This balance created an estetic in the arts, philosophy, and science that has only been approximated since. That estetics was one of simplicity without losing the essence of the subject.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Jackie Kennedy gave RFK a copy of this book for a gift. As anyone who has studied him knows well he quoted from it often because it touched him deeply.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't know if I should buy this. I am 11 and want to be prepared for when I have to learn about this in 6th grade. I need some good suggestions for Greek Mythology books.
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