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