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The impulse to try to anticipate the future & make sense of apparently random events is irrepressible. Why & how the ancient Greeks tried to foretell the outcome of the present is the subject of Eidinow's lively appraisal, which explores the legacy of ancient Greek notions of luck, fate & fortune in our own era, drawing on approaches to cognitive anthropology. ...more
Paperback, 221 pages
Published April 15th 2011 by Oxford University Press (NYC) (first published December 1st 2010)
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Erik Graff
Jul 13, 2013 Erik Graff rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: ancient Greece fans
Recommended to Erik by: Martin Miller
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Eidinow's book is an unambitious examination of the concepts of luck, fate and fortune as they obtained in the Greek world from the eighth to the fourth centuries B.C.E. Her sources range from the Homeric texts to Demosthenes. The terms moira and tuche receive the most attention, with some consideration given related words such as daimon, aisa, heimarmene et cetera. The work is punctuated by references to modern ideas compared and contrasted to these ancient ones, especially in her concluding c ...more
Paul Gardner
This is a fascinating and readily accessible book on Ancient Greek history and classical texts.
For those new to Ancient Greek history, it offers a welcome thread into the classical past by using familiar cultural references, including films such as No Country for Old Men and Terminator.

However, the book can be read on several levels. For academics in the field of Ancient Greek history, it offers a thorough discussion of the Ancient Greek terms relating to concepts of fortune and fate: Tuche, Moi
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