The Greeks Paperback – 1 Jan 1951
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About the Author
Humphrey Kitto (1897-1982) was Emeritus Professor of Greek at the University of Bristol. --This text refers to the Perfect Paperback edition.
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Kitto doesn't pretend to write an exhaustive history of Ancient Greece, but rather an introductory book that touches upon many subjects without delving too much into any of them. As a result, after reading this book you will end up with a general idea of the culture, art, literature and historical facts regarding Ancient Greece, but you won't be able to say you know all about it. On the other hand, you will know much more about the Greeks, and the values that shaped them and motivated their actions. That is probably more than enough to recommend this book :)
I want to point out that even though the author doesn't oversimplify the subject at hand to the point of distorting it, he highlights so much certain central ideas that even those who read the book without paying it due attention will understand them. For instance, Kitto emphasizes the great divide that existed for the Greeks between themselves and the others, the barbarians. According to the Greeks, that divide was undeniable because only they had mastered the way of being truly "free". That certitude, and their consequent feeling of exceptionalism, marked all their actions.
Kitto says, in the introduction, that he strove to allow the Greeks to speak for themselves, and the reader gets exactly that impression from time to time. I don't know much about Ancient Greece, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I guess that is a good indication that even those who just want to dabble in the subject are likely to enjoy it...Read more ›
I went to my vacations alone and felt I had spent it with a marvelous companion, enjoying an intellectual journey that inspired me to go on into Greek Classical studies. From all the countless books I've read on Greece, Kitto's achievement in combining content and style seems to me, unparallel. If you love history, Greek history or even better, don't like it at all, simply give yourself the opportunity to enjoy this master piece. I doubt you will be able to hold back a few smiles.
This was an enjoyably light read, without being a lightweight on the information. The dull, dreary boring minutiae was left in favour of a style that can be enjoyed by the novice to the classics, of which I still classify myself. Certainly something that has inspired my interests in the Greeks enough to want to learn more.
I particularly enjoyed the part that said clearly any one slighted would openly seek revenge through the courts, none of that turn the other cheek malarkey and very frowned upon in this day and age.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very good as an introduction to the Ancient Greeks, taking us up until the time of Alexander the Great. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tariki
I would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in classical greek history.It makes a very good starting point for readers then to move on to more specialist areas of... Read morePublished 9 months ago by chris collins
If you want the best primer on ancient Greece then look no further. Old enough to be void of political correctness, yet informative even now, Kitto's book was written to keep the... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Rik Storey
If you have anything to do with Greece and the Greeks read this book.Published 14 months ago by mary price
Bought this when I was doing an Access to Ancient History and Archaeology course. It's a great read.Published 18 months ago by Mandy Burns
I bought the paperback when I was in the U.K. but wanted to buy the kindle edition too for when I was on the move. Read morePublished on 15 Mar. 2014 by Anil
I bought this book for college and found that it was outstanding and easy to follow and made my course work a lot easierPublished on 11 Mar. 2013 by john mabbley