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Greek Ways: How the Greeks Created Western Civilization

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Book News Annotation:

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.
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Synopsis:

In university classics departments, Thornton says, the Greeks are accused of stealing their achievements from black Egyptians, oppressing their wives and daughters, and hypocritically extolling freedom while holding slaves. Most of all, classical Greek culture is under attack precisely because its glorious legacy is what makes the West distinct. Greek Ways clears away these misconceptions. With wit and erudition, Thornton discusses the areas of Greek life--sexuality and sexual roles, slavery and war, philosophy and politics--that modern critics treat as "contested sites." And, he reclaims the importance of key Greek ideas about human fate and purpose that have shaped the modern world.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 226-233) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781893554030
Subtitle:
How the Greeks Created Western Civilization
Author:
Thornton, Bruce
Publisher:
Encounter Books
Location:
San Francisco
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Civilization, Modern
Subject:
Civilization
Subject:
Ancient - Greece
Subject:
Greece
Subject:
Sexual ethics
Publication Date:
September 2002
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
198
Dimensions:
9.34x6.26x1.04 in. 1.22 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , In university classics departments, Thornton says, the Greeks are accused of stealing their achievements from black Egyptians, oppressing their wives and daughters, and hypocritically extolling freedom while holding slaves. Most of all, classical Greek culture is under attack precisely because its glorious legacy is what makes the West distinct. Greek Ways clears away these misconceptions. With wit and erudition, Thornton discusses the areas of Greek life--sexuality and sexual roles, slavery and war, philosophy and politics--that modern critics treat as "contested sites." And, he reclaims the importance of key Greek ideas about human fate and purpose that have shaped the modern world.
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