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Introducing the Ancient Greeks: From Bronze Age Seafarers to Navigators of the Western Mind Hardcover – 18 Jul 2014

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (18 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393239985
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393239980
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 2.8 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 514,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Penetrating and acute. --James Romm"

In Edith Hall s new and groundbreaking study of ancient Greek culture, society, and mentality over a millennium and more, from Agamemnon to Constantine, theater takes its due place among the Greeks manifold memorable and pioneering achievements. Professor Hall acutely identifies and brilliantly explores ten defining qualities that together explain why we simply cannot do without the ancient Greeks.--Paul Cartledge, A. G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture, University of Cambridge, and the author of The Greeks: A Portrait of Self and Others"

Edith Hall s characteristically original approach to the world of classical antiquity is on full display in this introductory survey of the ancient Greeks and their enduring accomplishments. Covering such disparate topics as the love of seafaring, a passion for excellence, suspicion of authority, addiction to speech and rhetoric, a zest for wit and polish, and an enduring search for beauty (to name only a few), Hall will accompany the reader on a voyage of both pleasure and discovery.--Froma Zeitlin, Ewing Professor of Greek Language and Literature, emerita, Princeton University"

What accounts for the glory that was Greece? In this vivacious and learned book, Edith Hall distills the essence of Hellenic culture to discover the secrets of its success and stamina. Filled with striking anecdotes and little-known facts, this book will delight any student of the ancient Greek world.--Adrienne Mayor, Stanford University, author of The Poison King

A superb introduction, informative and inspiring. With deep expertise and unabashed enthusiasm, Edith Hall surveys the whole history of the ancient Greeks and pinpoints the shared traits that explain their enduring achievements.--Sheila Murnaghan, professor of classics studies and Alfred Reginald Allen Memorial Professor of Greek at the University of Pennsylvania

Penetrating and acute.--James Romm

A hearty, delightful voyage through 2,000 years of Greek history, written with wit and verve and deep insight.--Mark Gamin

In Edith Hall's new and groundbreaking study of ancient Greek culture, society, and mentality over a millennium and more, from Agamemnon to Constantine, theater takes its due place among the Greeks' manifold memorable and pioneering achievements. Professor Hall acutely identifies and brilliantly explores ten defining qualities that together explain why we simply cannot do without the ancient Greeks.--Paul Cartledge, A. G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture, University of Cambridge, and the author of The Greeks: A Portrait of Self and Others

Edith Hall's characteristically original approach to the world of classical antiquity is on full display in this introductory survey of the ancient Greeks and their enduring accomplishments. Covering such disparate topics as the love of seafaring, a passion for excellence, suspicion of authority, addiction to speech and rhetoric, a zest for wit and polish, and an enduring search for beauty (to name only a few), Hall will accompany the reader on a voyage of both pleasure and discovery.--Froma Zeitlin, Ewing Professor of Greek Language and Literature, emerita, Princeton University

About the Author

Edith Hall is one of Britain's foremost classicists, having held posts at the universities of Royal Holloway, Cambridge, Durham, Reading, and Oxford. She is the author and editor of more than a dozen works on the ancient world. She teaches at King's College London and lives in Gloucestershire.


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