It's All Greek To Me: From Homer to the Hippocratic Oath, How Ancient Greece Has Shaped Our World

It's All Greek To Me: From Homer to the Hippocratic Oath, How Ancient Greece Has Shaped Our World

by Charlotte Higgins

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It's All Greek To Me: From Homer to the Hippocratic Oath, How Ancient Greece Has Shaped Our World by Charlotte Higgins

Why is ancient Greece important? Because, quite simply, if we want to understand the modern Western world, we need to look back to the Greeks. Consider the way we think about ethics, about the nature of beauty and truth, about our place in the universe, about our mortality. All this we have learned from the ancient Greeks. They molded the basic disciplines and genres in which we still organize thought, from poetry to drama, from medicine to philosophy, from history to ethnography.

Packed with useful facts, including a timeline, a "mythology for dummies," a who's who, a guide to Homer's epics, and a handy map for those struggling to know their Lemnos from their Lesbos, It's All Greek to Me is an entertaining and insightful tour through the world of the ancient Greeks. Why are some laws Draconian? What is an Achilles' heel? Why were the Spartans spartan? Charlotte Higgins provides these answers and more, arming average readers with the knowledge they need to understand the Greeks and their tremendous contributions to our lives. This book aims to unlock the richness of a fascinating culture and place it where it should be—in the mainstream of life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061981395
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/23/2010
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
File size: 540 KB

About the Author

Charlotte Higgins read classics at Balliol College, Oxford. She has worked for the Guardian newspaper for over a decade in various guises, from 2001 as classical music editor and from 2008 as chief arts writer. She began her career in journalism at Vogue. She is also the author of Latin Love Lessons. She lives in London.

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