Greek Ways

Greek Ways

by Bruce Thornton
     
 
In Greek Ways, Bruce Thornton reasserts the Greeks' crucial role in creating Western civilization and in developing the core concepts that continue to shape our assumptions about human identity and human good. Why must the Greeks be defended anew? Because a coterie of contemporary academics have subjected the Greeks -- and Western civilization itself -- to a wholesale

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In Greek Ways, Bruce Thornton reasserts the Greeks' crucial role in creating Western civilization and in developing the core concepts that continue to shape our assumptions about human identity and human good. Why must the Greeks be defended anew? Because a coterie of contemporary academics have subjected the Greeks -- and Western civilization itself -- to a wholesale "reinterpretation." They charge that the Greeks oppressed their women and kept slaves while talking about freedom; that they perfected the art of war while talking about peace; and that they explored the dark world of sensuality while extolling the primacy of reason. In other words, that the Greeks were hypocrites. Thornton responds that the failings of the Greeks, including not living up to their own ideals, are the failings of humanity everywhere. But their ideals, still alive today, led to the recognition of a common humanity that was more important than gender or social status, more profound than local or tribal affiliations. Without this insight, slavery might never have been abolished in the West, women might never have been granted equality, and the liberal notion that all humans possess innate rights merely as a virtue of being human would never have existed. In an impassioned act of historical scholarship that rescues the Greeks from current critics and their discontent, Bruce Thornton shows what their ideas have meant for the West and what they mean for us today.

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Thornton (classics and humanities, California State U.-Fresno) reasserts the crucial role of Greek city-states of 2,500 years ago in the subsequent history of the Europe and its diaspora. He is reacting to contemporary academics who question the traditional view of Greek primacy. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Greek Ways examines how the Greeks created Western civilization, re-examining the role of the Greeks in creating core concepts which fuel our civilization's foundations in modern times. Thornton argues that Greek ideals are alive in modern life, and that it was the Greeks who began to recognize a common human culture. High school to college students will find Greek Ways most accessible.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781458778864
Publisher:
ReadHowYouWant, LLC
Publication date:
06/29/2010
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
378
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.78(d)

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