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4.0 out of 5 stars 'A Classical Education' by Caroline Taggart, 15 Nov 2009
This review is from: A Classical Education: The Stuff You Wish You'd Been Taught At School (Hardcover)
This book is part of an extensive series from Michael O'Mara Books Ltd. on subjects that are - or used to be - taught at school; mathematics, English Grammar, History, etc., presented in an enjoyable, readable style.
This volume is an introduction for the general reader to the world of Ancient Greece and Rome.
The first first chapter deals with language - the Greek alphabet, Latin words and phrases used in English (ad nauseam, de facto,modus operandi, etc.) and Greek and Latin plural forms.
The second is about religion and mythology; the principal gods, the underworld, the labours of Hercules, the Fates, Muses and Furies, the Judgement of Paris,etc.
At 26 pages this chapter is essentially a summary, though very useful to anyone whose knowledge of these things is a little vague.
The rest of the book follows this format, with chapters on Greek and Roman History; Classical literature; (mainly Homer,and including short biographies of the foremost dramatists, and writers - Aesop, Euripides, Sappho, Cicero,Virgil, etc. - and chapters on art and architecture (the Seven Wonders of the World, the Pantheon, the Colosseum,etc.); mathematics, science, inventions, medicine and philosophy - the thought of Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, the Stoics, Sophists, Epicureans, Seneca the Younger and Marcus Aurelius. Finally, the last chapter, of just four pages covers the ancient Olympic Games and Roman arena.
This book is intended for anyone whose acquaintance with the Classical world is limited, and would like to learn more; it commendably fulfils this requirement.
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Initial post: 9 May 2014 06:59:56 BDT
christine says:
I have often wondered why ordinary State Primary and Secondary Education has long deprived students access to the Classical world, Latin and other traditional sure footings of the more privileged. Perhaps the 'Establishment' is more intent on keeping the status quo, blue collar brows bent down and a plentiful supply of economic 'cannon fodder' on tap than truly educating us all? With this book I look forward to a generous introduction to the Classical world, to raising my eyes and mind to its beauty and the horizons of understanding and the long overdue pleasure and potential it offers. Thank you.
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