An Intelligent Person's Guide to Classics

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Peter Jones argues in this book that it is the power, scope and intrinsic fascination of their ideas that makes the Greeks and Romans so important and influential. For over 2,000 years these ideas, many formulated by them (as far as we can tell) for the first time, have gripped western imagination and been instrumental in the way we think about the world.

The book gives a succinct account of what is meant by the term 'Classics' and how knowledge of the Greeks and the Romans has ...

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Overview

Peter Jones argues in this book that it is the power, scope and intrinsic fascination of their ideas that makes the Greeks and Romans so important and influential. For over 2,000 years these ideas, many formulated by them (as far as we can tell) for the first time, have gripped western imagination and been instrumental in the way we think about the world.

The book gives a succinct account of what is meant by the term 'Classics' and how knowledge of the Greeks and the Romans has been transmitted to us today, before launching out onto a wide-ranging selection of topics spanning the millennia which give some indication of the astonishing intellectual, political and literary achievements of the classical world. The book ends with a brief scream at those responsible for the education of our young today.

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‘Classical languages are dead, and therefore useless, runs the standard attack; Classics no longer has any contemporary relevance. An Intelligent Person’s Guide to Classics offers a series of well-argued and engaging responses to those accusations …’

‘If this book doesn’t encourage a rebirth in interest in the Classics, nothing will.'

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760720882
  • Publisher: Barnes & Noble
  • Publication date: 8/1/2000
  • Pages: 176

Meet the Author

Peter Jones is one of the best-known figures in the teaching and appreciation of the Classics. Co-founder of Friends of Classics, he has published widely on Homer and is a regular contributor to national newspapers. His best-selling Learn Latin, Learn Ancient Greek, Classics in Translation and Ancient and Modern are all published by Duckworth.

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Table of Contents

  • Greeks in a Roman World
  • The Classical Period: 700 BC - AD 500
  • Excavating the Past: Ephesus and the Temple of Artemis
  • Greeks and the Near East
  • Democracy's Brief Day
  • Rhetoric: Persuasion for All
  • Men on Women
  • Emperor and Empire
  • The English Vocabulary
  • The Language of Grammar
  • Epic Influence
  • Standing on Orders
  • Stoics and Epicureans
  • Breaking the Ancient Stranglehold
  • Appendix 1: The Pronunciation of Latin and Spelling of Greek
  • Appendix 2: The Rationale for Classics in Schools
  • Appendix 3: Primal Scream
  • Appendix 4: Useful Facts and Sources
  • Map
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