The Greek Way

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The aim of this work is not a history of events but an account of the achievement and spirit of Greece.
"Five hundred years before Christ in a little town on the far western border of the settled and civilizaed world, a strange new power was at work. . . . Athens had entered upon her brief and magnificent flowering of genius which so molded the world of mind and of spirit that our mind and spirit today are different. . . . What was then produced of art and of thought has never ...

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Overview

The aim of this work is not a history of events but an account of the achievement and spirit of Greece.
"Five hundred years before Christ in a little town on the far western border of the settled and civilizaed world, a strange new power was at work. . . . Athens had entered upon her brief and magnificent flowering of genius which so molded the world of mind and of spirit that our mind and spirit today are different. . . . What was then produced of art and of thought has never been surpasses and very rarely equalled, and the stamp of it is upon all the art and all the thought of the Western world."
A perennial favorite in many different editions, Edith Hamilton's best-selling The Greek Way captures the spirit and achievements of Greece in the fifth century B.C. A retired headmistress when she began her writing career in the 1930s, Hamilton immediately demonstrated a remarkable ability to bring the world of ancient Greece to life, introducing that world to the twentieth century. The New York Times called The Greek Way a "book of both cultural and critical importance."

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  • ISBN-13: 9780393041620
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/1948
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 1.00 (w) x 1.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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Edith Hamilton won the National Achievement Award in 1950, received honorary degrees of Doctor of Letters from Yale University, the University of Rochester, and the University of Pennsylvania, and was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 1957 she was many an honorary citizen of Athens and was decorated with the Golden Cross of the Order of Benefaction by King Paul of Greece.

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  • Posted May 22, 2012

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    Work of letters rather that of history - not quite what I person

    Work of letters rather that of history - not quite what I personally was looking for. I was interested in a historical birds-eye review of ancient Greek civilization , but the book is mostly literary reflections on the subject. Probably valuable for someone who already knows all about Ancient Greece, but confusing and frustrating for likes of myself.
    I grade the books as Buy and Keep (BK), Read Library book and Return ( RLR) and Once I Put it Down I Couldn't Pick it Up ( OIPD-ICPU). Sorry, but this one was OIPD-ICPU for my.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2003

    Necessary reading

    Jackie Kennedy gave RFK a copy of this book for a gift. As anyone who has studied him knows well he quoted from it often because it touched him deeply.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 2, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2014

    Five stars!!!!

    Great book!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2013

    Help!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I don't know if I should buy this. I am 11 and want to be prepared for when I have to learn about this in 6th grade. I need some good suggestions for Greek Mythology books.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2011

    Differences from then to now

    I first learned of this book from reading David Brooks's "The Social Animal". Hamilton explores the balance between mind and spirit as it exisited for about 50 years in fifth century Athens, between the Persian and Peleponesian wars. This balance created an estetic in the arts, philosophy, and science that has only been approximated since. That estetics was one of simplicity without losing the essence of the subject.

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