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It's All Greek to Me: From Achilles' Heel to Pythagoras' Theorem: How Ancient Greece Has Shaped Our World Paperback – 2 Jul 2009

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  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Short Books Ltd (2 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906021597
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906021597
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 2.1 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A highly entertaining bluffer's guide to Greek culture, philosophy and politics." The Sunday Times "Higgins delivers digestible precis and peppy plot summaries... the appendices would make fine stocking-fillers in their own right - A love letter to ancient Greece" The Telegraph "With a marvellous display of knowledgeable enthusiasm and a keen talent for compression, (Higgins) shows just precisely why the Greeks matter" The Guardian "Higgins takes on classical Greek, covering politics, barbarians, love, epic and ethics, all done with panache and sly wit." Scotland on Sunday "It's All Greek to Me is so readable, with a directness and clarity that's enormously engaging. Every generation needs to rediscover the Greeks..." Philip Pullman

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"With a marvellous display of knowledgeable enthusiasm and a keen talent for compression, (Higgins) shows just precisely why the Greeks matter" --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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An excellent, well informed and engaging miscellany about the ancient Greeks, whose timeless and rich material in art, politics, philosophy, sport, architecture, science, mathematics, theatre, mythology, etc. still strongly influnce our western culture. A reminder that perhaps all Anglophones, speak more Greek than they realise. Well done to Charlotte Higgins. Perhaps one day I'll get her autograph on this small masterpiece!
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Very well written and presented in compact form. It is an excellent refresher, or gap filler, for what one may not have learned at school! It gives all the basic material one needs to understand Greek mythology and the founding of the Greek and other European civilisations and the influence this has had on European history and our own present day thinking, language, arts and sciences. It offers further insight into this fascinating culture which can enhance much of what we see and read. It has also awoken my interest in Homer's epic poems and the history of the Trojan wars.

My only regret is that it wasn't available in my youth before I embarked on a life of study of my English mother tongue, literature, medicical and scinetific terminology and our wonderful heritage of works of art.
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Informative, entertaining and beautifully written, this book tells you everything you need to know about Ancient Greece and leaves you inspired to find out more. The writer is hugely knowledgeable about her subject but writes with a charm and ease that manages to make even Plato intelligible.

It should do more for Greece than Mamma Mia!
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This work gives a rather breezily overview of the history of early to post-Classical Greece. The topics included range from Homer's works, Greek drama and how Greek thought might be responsible for Keanu Reeve's greatest film, the `Matrix'
The author's easily digestible writing style is aimed squarely at newcomers to the subject, she seems to try too hard to be "with it" with numerous vox pop references which will soon date. The spectre of PC correctness is also present, with the implication that the ancient Greeks were flawed in that they could not anticipate the rarefied standards of the 21 century in the matters of multiculturism and feminism.
So, I'd give this book a qualified recommendation as a starting point to other odysseys into the classical realms.
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Charlotte Higgins has produced an excellent enchiridion. It is readable, informative and thought-provoking. It encompasses the essentials of Greek history and culture. This would be valuable as an introduction to the topic, but it also provides new insights for those who are already informed.
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The author's enthusiasm for her subject is extremely infectious. She brings the ancient Greeks wonderfully to life, covering an awful lot of territory in a very short space.Thoroughly recommended.
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Very fun to read.
Author covers most - all? - aspects of ancient heros and legends of Greece.
Nearly brilliant!
Highly recommended as tourist literature AND text book for beginners of Greek study...
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