The Greek Search For Wisdom
MICHAEL K KELLOGG
Prometheus, Ancient History
Hardcover, 2012, 9781616145750
AUD $41.77 ex, AUD $45.95 inc
Out of stock at: 17 Jun 2013 19:00
The philosopher Alfred North Whitehead once said that all of Western philosophy was "but a series of footnotes to Plato." By the same token, one could argue that all of Western civilization is but an extension of the ancient Greek cultural legacy. As Michael Kellogg shows in this appreciation of our Greek intellectual heritage, it's hard to overemphasize how much the Greeks accomplished and how much we owe to them: they invented tragedy, comedy, lyric poetry, history, philosophy, and democracy. They also made remarkable advances in science, medicine, and mathematics. In Kellogg's view, what ties this wide-ranging intellectual ferment together is a restless search for wisdom. Kellogg looks at ten outstanding examples of Greek wisdom, offering fresh and engaging portraits of the epic poets (Homer, Hesiod); dramatists (Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes); historians (Herodotus, Thucydides); and philosophers (Plato, Aristotle) against the background of Greek history. In each case he asks what each author has to tell us - regardless of genre - about our place in the world and how we should live our lives.
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