Greek Ways

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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 ...
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Overview

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)
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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781458778864
  • Publisher: ReadHowYouWant, LLC
  • Publication date: 6/29/2010
  • Pages: 378
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Seeing with Greek Eyes 1
1 Eros the Killer 15
2 The Best and Worst Thing 37
3 The Roots of Emancipation 61
4 The Father of All 84
5 The Birth of Political Man 109
6 The Birth of Rational Man 139
7 The Birth of Freedom 162
Conclusion: The Critical Spirit 188
Acknowledgments 199
Notes 200
Bibliography 226
Index 234
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