The Greeks

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Overview

Most ancient cultures disappeared with scarcely a trace, their effect upon our modern way of life of little consequence. The Greeks, however, continue to influence contemporary man through their drama, philosophy and art, their political cognizance and knowledge of science. There are many books introducing the Greek world to the modern reader, but this volume was recognized as a classic in the field upon its publication in 1951. This paperback edition includes a later preface by the author and 32 pages of photographs selected especially for the American reader.

The Greeks introduces us to the people who formed and founded a new and distinct way of life, the democratic city-state. The author presents-frequently in the words of the Greeks themselves-the formation of the people as a nation, the nature of the country, the impact of Homer, and the rise and decline of the city-state. The book includes an intensive study of the classical period, and provides an illuminating view of the Greek mind, myths and religion, life and character. The Greeks is written with remarkable grace and wit. In its new, richly illustrated and permanent form, it will endure as perhaps the best reconstruction of one of the greatest episodes in the history of civilized man.

About the Author:
H. D. F. Kitto (1897-1982) was a professor of Greek at the University of Bristol

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140135213
  • Publisher: Viking Penguin
  • Publication date: 6/28/1950
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 636,176
  • Product dimensions: 5.26 (w) x 7.88 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

1 INTRODUCTION
2 THE FORMATION OF THE GREEK PEOPLE
3 THE COUNTRY
4 HOMER
5 THE POLIS
6 CLASSICAL GREECE: THE EARLY PERIOD
7 CLASSICAL GREECE: THE FIFTH CENTURY
8 THE GREEKS AT WAR
9 THE DECLINE OF THE POLIS
10 THE GREEK MIND
11 MYTH AND RELIGION
12 LIFE AND CHARACTER

INDEX

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