"Fourth-century Athens has a special claim on our attention," writes the author, "apart from the great men it produced, for it is the prelude to the end of Greece....The kind of events that took place in the great free government of the ancient world may, by reason of unchanging human nature, be repeated in the modern world. The course that Athens followed can be to us not only a record of old unhappy far-off things but a blueprint of what may happen again." 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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The more brief, political edition of The Greek Way
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.
There are too many to count.
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".
- The Masked Reviewer