The Beginning of All Wisdom: Timeless Advice from the Ancient Greeks [NOOK Book]

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Who knew the ancient Greeks had it all figured out three thousand years ago? In The Beginning of All Wisdom, author Steve Stavropoulos has sifted through nearly every recorded ancient Greek text for the very best sayings, proverbs, and maxims by ancient Greek philosophers, tragedians, scientists, politicians, generals, and poets, from Plato and Pericles to Socrates and Sophocles. Here is practical advice on everyday problems as well as answers to deep moral questions: "Getting to know yourself is extremely ...
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Overview

Who knew the ancient Greeks had it all figured out three thousand years ago? In The Beginning of All Wisdom, author Steve Stavropoulos has sifted through nearly every recorded ancient Greek text for the very best sayings, proverbs, and maxims by ancient Greek philosophers, tragedians, scientists, politicians, generals, and poets, from Plato and Pericles to Socrates and Sophocles. Here is practical advice on everyday problems as well as answers to deep moral questions: "Getting to know yourself is extremely difficult" (Thales). "Ignorance is a tough evil to conquer" (Sophocles). "We must take care of our minds because we cannot benefit from beauty when our brains are missing." (Euripides). Organized into 100 topics that cover all human experience—anger, fear, good and evil, truth, prayer and hope, aging and old age, friendship, gossip, pain and sorrow, self-deception, war and peace, public speaking, democracy—The Beginning of All Wisdom inspires, advises, and satisfies the urge to learn the best the ancient Greeks have to teach—without having to read through a whole shelf of Loeb classics.
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Publishers Weekly
"He who can properly summarize many ideas in a brief statement, is a wise man," wrote Euripides. In this book of quotations, Stavropoulos has collected nearly 900 brief nuggets of wisdom from ancient Greek philosophers, tragedians, scientists, politicians, generals and poets. From Aristotle on virtue to Plutarch on sleep to Herodotus on war, this collection of quotations offers pithy advice and moral guidance to the modern-day citizen. Stavropoulos has organized the volume into easy-to-navigate chapters like "Virtue," "God," "Humanity" and "Education," as well as into more specific subheadings, like "Self Restraint" and "Gossip." It's a handy, if somewhat pedestrian, source for anyone looking to deliver a message in the words of great thinkers. (July) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786743865
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 12/15/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Born in Athens, Greece, STEVEN STAVROPOULOS immigrated to America in 1986 and worked as a reporter for The National Herald, covering stories on Greek-American issues and the ever-evolving story of the Greek-American experience in the U.S. Now a full-time writer and poet, Stavropoulos lives with his wife in Queens, NY.
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Table of Contents

Introduction ix
Virtue
Ambition 1
Anger 2
Arrogance 3
Character Development 4
Compassion 6
Condemnation and Prejudice 7
Courage 8
Deception 11
Determination and Will 12
Equality 14
Fear 15
Flattery 16
Freedom 17
Garrulity 19
Glory 20
Good and Evil 22
Greed and Dishonest Profits 23
Habit 26
Honor 27
Justice and Injustice 29
Leadership 34
Licentiousness 36
Materialism 38
Moderation 39
Modesty 41
Patriotism 44
Procrastination 45
Selfishness and Self-Absorption 45
Self-Knowledge 46
Self-Restraint 49
Slander 50
Truth and Lying 51
Ungratefulness 53
Violence 53
Virtue and Becoming Virtuous 54
The Wise 61
Work and Laziness 63
God and Religion
God 65
Prayer and Hope 69
Soul 70
Thanksgiving 72
Humanity
Advice 75
Aging and Old Age 76
Beauty and Ugliness 78
Competition 79
Cooperation 80
Death 80
Divorce and Infidelity 85
Enemies 85
Envy 87
Failure 88
Fate and Fortune 88
Friendship 89
Gossip 92
Happiness 93
Hate 94
Humans and Humanity 95
Humor and Comedy 97
Ignorance and Pettiness 98
Intelligence 100
Love and Passion 101
Men and Women 105
Necessity 106
Neglect 108
Pain and Sorrow 108
Parents and Children 109
Punishment 111
Relationships 112
Sleep and Rest 112
Revenge 113
Rushing 114
Secrets 115
Self-Deception 116
Self-Destruction 117
Self-Interest 119
Self-Reliance 121
Self-Sufficiency 122
Success 123
Superstition 123
Transience 124
Vegetarianism 126
War and Peace 126
Wealth and Poverty 129
Education and Learning
Education 133
Experience 137
Knowledge 138
Arts and Sciences
Art 141
Biology 142
Business and Management 142
Cosmology 143
Discovery 146
Evolution 146
Health 147
Nature 149
Philosophy 150
Physical Education 151
Poetry 152
Public Speaking 154
Science and Methodology 154
Senses 155
Specialization 156
The State
Democracy 159
Government and Politics 162
The Law 165
Monarchy 168
Society 169
Tyranny and Revolution 170
Great Minds on the Greeks 173
Time Line of Ancient Greece 179
Biographies of Prominent Greeks 183
Suggested Reading 199
Acknowledgments 203
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  • Posted September 15, 2011

    Highly Recommended - you must check it out!

    I've always been interested in the "wisdom books" of the ancient Greeks and Romans (particularly Stoicism), but seldom have time to plough through abstruce texts. Many textbooks on the Greek and Roman philosophers, poets, playwrights, and historians have been written by academic writers with an eye to fellow academicians, and are intended mainly for such. On the other hand, this book offers busy people a compact format rendering "ideas to live by" quickly available. The well-chosen quotations make this book a fine "bedside reader" as well. Sources of quotations will enable the reader to pursue the ideas further, if s/he so desires. There are also books that do this for the Bible (and I've got a good many of those too).

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