The Ancient Greeks: Ten Ways They Shaped the Modern World
They gave us democracy, philosophy, poetry, rational science, the joke. They built the Parthenon and the Library of Alexandria. They wrote the timeless myths of Odysseus and Oedipus, and the histories of Leonidas’s three hundred Spartans and Alexander the Great.
But who were the ancient Greeks? And what was it that enabled them to achieve so much?
Here, Edith Hall gives us a revelamuch?...more
Hall has a double approach which structures the book, one broadly chronological, the other ten key characteristics which she thinks typical of the Ancient Greeks (apart from the Spartans who don't have all of them) (view spoiler)[ I can't remember what the ten were ...more
Unfortunately, whopper errors at the start and end of the book mar any good content in the middle.
First, near the start, Hall talks about how small Greece is, at 25,000 square miles, smaller than Portuga ...more
There is an acknowledgement of the traditional and revisionist approaches to the ancient Greeks in this work. Professor Hall does her best to navigate through these rocky shoals—this they succeed at quiet well. Howev ...more
Introducing the Ancient Greeks: From Bronze Age Seafarers to Navigators of the Western Mind by Edith Hall is an exceptional review of the impact of the ancient Greeks and clearly describes how these innovators gained their knowledge and scattered their culture abroad to what ultimately becomes known as the Roman Empire. Hall uses ten characteristics unique to the ancient Greeks and how each of these characteristics manifest themselves, especially in literature and archaeology. Hall begins the tale w...more
The author lays out in the very beginning of the book what she considers as the essential components of ancient Greek culture and character, and then proceeds in chronological fashion to show us how parts of ancient Greek history relates to those components. It is not easy to summarize such a long segm ...more
However, this book ranges much further than that and gives an overall view of the extent of Greek civilization. Edith Hall shows how the Mycenaean’s predated and created classical Gree ...more
I enjoyed it considerably, especially as I prepare to dive deeper into source material via my s ...more