Love, Sex & Tradegy: How the Ancient World Shapes Our Lives / Edition 2

Love, Sex & Tradegy: How the Ancient World Shapes Our Lives / Edition 2

by Simon Goldhill
     
 

In Love, Sex & Tragedy Simon Goldhill lifts the veil on our inheritance of classical traditions and offers a witty, engrossing survey of the Greek and Roman roots of everything from our overwhelming mania for "hard bodies" to our political systems. Encompassing Karl Marx, Clark Gable, George W. Bush, Oscar Wilde, and Sigmund Freud, Goldhill takes great

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In Love, Sex & Tragedy Simon Goldhill lifts the veil on our inheritance of classical traditions and offers a witty, engrossing survey of the Greek and Roman roots of everything from our overwhelming mania for "hard bodies" to our political systems. Encompassing Karl Marx, Clark Gable, George W. Bush, Oscar Wilde, and Sigmund Freud, Goldhill takes great delight in tracing both follies and fundamental philosophical questions through the centuries and continents to the birthplace of Western civilization as we know it. Underlying his brisk and learned excursions through history and art is the foundational belief, following Cicero, that learning about the classics makes a critical difference to our self-understanding. Whether we are considering the role of religion in contemporary society, our expectations about the boundaries between public and private life, or even how we spend our free time, recognizing the role of the classics is integral to our comprehension of modern life and our place in it.

"Confident, intelligent and assertive; [Love, Sex & Tragedy] stands up for 'classics' without apology, without snobbishness and without conservatism."—Oliver Taplin, Guardian

"Goldhill . . . takes us through the looking glass into antiquity and shows us some of the sights that he thinks most interesting and informative. . . . Anyone who goes on the journey will be amused, surprised, and enlightened."—Mary K. Lefkowitz, New York Sun

"A passionate, witty, and broad-ranging exploration of the ancient foundations of our world. . . . There is a widening gap between our perceptions and the ancient sources. Goldhill closes that gap with this lively and multi-layered challenge to assumptions embedded in modern life."—Lizzie Speller, Observer

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226301198
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
10/01/2005
Edition description:
1
Pages:
345
Sales rank:
1,421,123
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Simon Goldhill, the author or editor of many books, is professor of Greek literature and culture at King's College, Cambridge.

Table of Contents

A Life in Ruins
i who do you think you are?
1. The Perfect Body
2. A Man’s Thing?
3. The Female Body – Soft and Spongy, Shaved and Coy
4. His and Hers – A Love Story?
5. Greek Love
6. A Man Is a Man Is a . . .
7. Longing for Sappho
8. Doing What Comes Naturally?
ii where do you think you are going?
1. The Empire of Religion
2. Superstars of the Flesh
3. Sex and the City
4. What’s Athens to Jerusalem?
5. Greek is Heresy!
6. Knowing the Answer
iii what do you think should happen?
1. Does Politics Need History?
2. Athenian Democracy – Changing the Map
3. The Good Citizen
4. The Critics of Democracy – Experts and Education
5. A Question of Betrayal
6. The Will of the People
iv what do you want to do?
1. That’s Entertainment!
2. The Question of Tragedy
3. The Gladiator and the Baying Crowd – ‘At My Command, Unleash Hell’
4. The Last Supper
v where do you think you come from?
1. A Greece of the Imagination
2. Founding Fathers – From Keats to Hollywood and Back
3. Finding the Fatherland – Where Freud’s Oedipus Comes From
4. The Mother of All Stories – The Greek Oedipus
5. The Myth of Origins
6. History Today
Notes
Further Reading
Picture Acknowledgements
Acknowledgements

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