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Not quite what it was intended to be,
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This review is from: The Greeks: A Portrait of Self and Others (Opus) (Paperback)
I purchased this book because I wanted to get away from the usual (boring) style of historical writing that focuses almost entirely on political and military fact.
It seemed promising at first; the author states in the early sections that he himself grew tired of this format and wanted to look more into the spirit of the Greeks and how they defined themselves in terms of a series of cultural polarities. He therefore explores areas such as citizen vs. alien, men vs. women etc.
For the most part, this structure certainly is different from standard historical books on the subject. However, within each chapter it does descend into exactly this kind of writing. What remains is in fact a rather bland telling of largely military and political fact shoe-horned into a more novel structure and order. At the end of the day it's still fairly boring.
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Initial post: 29 May 2010 02:04:19 BDT
So your idea of boring historical writing is historical writing that focuses on 'fact', as opposed to myth? In other words, you are not interested in the truth?
In reply to an earlier post on 29 Dec 2011 20:53:44 GMT
Amazon Customer says:
What is historical truth? Does it even exist? Look up hermeneutics in a dictionary
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