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Eureka!: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Ancient Greeks But Were Afraid to Ask

The historical Greeks gave us our alphabet and masses of our clinical, clinical and cultural language; they invented democracy, atomic thought, and the principles of common sense and geometry; laid the rules of philosophy, heritage, tragedy and comedy; and debated every thing from the great existence and the function of ladies, to creating feel of foreigners and the easiest kind of executive, all within the so much subtle phrases. yet who have been they? Peter Jones tells their epic tale through breaking down each one significant interval right into a sequence of informative nuggets. alongside the way in which he introduces the key figures of the age, together with Homer, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Alexander the good, Euclid and Archimedes; explores the Greek myths and the position of the gods; offers interesting insights into way of life in precedent days; and exhibits us the very foundations of Western culture.

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The Battle of Salamis: The Naval Encounter that Saved Greece -- and Western Civilization

By Barry Strauss

On a overdue September day in 480 B.C., Greek warships confronted an invading Persian armada within the slender Salamis Straits within the most vital naval conflict of the traditional global. Overwhelmingly outnumbered via the enemy, the Greeks triumphed via a mix of method and deception. greater than millennia after it happened, the conflict among the Greeks and Persians at Salamis is still probably the most tactically awesome battles ever fought. The Greek victory replaced the process western heritage -- halting the improvement of the Persian Empire and environment the level for the Golden Age of Athens.
during this dramatic new narrative account, historian and classicist Barry Strauss brings this landmark conflict to lifestyles. He introduces us to the unforgettable characters whose judgements altered historical past: Themistocles, Athens' nice chief (and admiral of its fleet), who devised the creative procedure that successfully destroyed the Persian army in a single day; Xerxes, the Persian king who fought bravely yet who finally didn't comprehend the ocean; Aeschylus, the playwright who served within the conflict and later wrote approximately it; and Artemisia, the single girl commander recognized from antiquity, who grew to become defeat into own triumph. jam-packed with the points of interest, sounds, and smell of conflict, The conflict of Salamis is a stirring paintings of background.

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Prometheus Bound and Other Plays: Prometheus Bound, The Suppliants, Seven Against Thebes, The Persians

By Aeschylus

Aeschylus (525–456 BC) introduced a brand new grandeur and epic sweep to the drama of classical Athens, elevating it to the prestige of excessive paintings. In Prometheus Bound the defiant Titan Prometheus is brutally punished by way of Zeus for bold to enhance the nation of wretchedness and servitude during which mankind is stored. The Suppliants tells the tale of the fifty daughters of Danaus who needs to flee to flee enforced marriages, whereas Seven opposed to Thebes exhibits the inexorable downfall of the final contributors of the cursed relations of Oedipus. And The Persians, the one Greek tragedy to accommodate occasions from contemporary Athenian heritage, depicts the aftermath of the defeat of Persia within the conflict of Salamis, with a sympathetic portrayal of its disgraced King Xerxes.

Philip Vellacott’s evocative translation is followed by means of an advent, with person discussions of the performs, and their resources in historical past and mythology.

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Thucydide, la force et le droit

By Cornelius Castoriadis

L’année 1984-1985 de l’enseignement de Cornelius Castoriadis à l’EHESS a été consacrée pour l’essentiel à Thucydide. L’auteur a voulu en particulier montrer, à travers l’analyse de l’Oraison funèbre attribuée par l’historien à Périclès, à quel aspect l. a. grande création démocratique athénienne du Ve siècle fut consciente d’elle-même.

Mais Castoriadis – sans céder aux anachronismes et aux projections auxquels les interprétations de l’historien ont trop souvent succombé de nos jours – retrouve également chez Thucydide un monde par certains côtés étonnamment semblable au nôtre, dans lequel des biens qui nous semblent précieux à l’intérieur de certaines frontières ne semblent plus compter au-delà, où seule l. a. strength prévaut ; un monde aussi dans lequel l. a. dynamique de l’opposition entre des pôles de puissance aboutit à des conflits ouverts où les calculs rationnels se tissent inextricablement avec les passions.

About Cornelius Castoriadis

Arrivé en France en 1945. Cofondateur et animateur du groupe et de l. a. revue Socialisme ou Barbarie (1949-1965), ses écrits de cette période ont été réédités dans los angeles assortment « 10/18 » (1973-1979). Économiste à l’OCDE (1948-1970), psychanalyste (1973-1997), directeur d’études à l’EHESS (1980-1995), il a publié au Seuil L’Institution imaginaire de l. a. société (1975), six volumes des Carrefours du labyrinthe (1979-1999) ainsi que les recueils Une société à los angeles dérive (2005) et Fenêtre sur le chaos (2007). Ses séminaires de l’EHESS sont en cours de e-book au Seuil : Sur Le Politique de Platon (1999), Sujet et vérité dans le monde social-historique (2002), Ce qui fait los angeles Grèce, 1. D’Homère à Héraclite (2004), Ce qui fait los angeles Grèce, 2. los angeles Cité et les lois (2008).

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Ancient Greece: From the Mycanaean Palaces to the Age of Greece (Edinburgh Leventis Studies)

By Sigrid Deger-Jalkotzy, Irene S. Lemos

This e-book is the main primary reinterpretation of historic Greek heritage, tradition, and society in thirty years. The authors refute the conventional view of the Greek darkish Age with facts of a gradual development from Mycenaean kingship to the perception of aristocratic the Aristocracy within the Archaic period.

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Being Greek under Rome: Cultural Identity, the Second Sophistic and the Development of Empire

Those particularly commissioned essays open up a desirable and novel point of view on a very important period of Western tradition. within the moment century CE the Roman empire ruled the Mediterranean, yet Greek tradition maintained its large status. while, Christianity and Judaism have been vying for fans opposed to the lures of such an elite cultural lifestyles. This booklet seems to be at how writers in Greek from all components of Empire society spoke back to their political place, to highbrow authority, to spiritual and social pressures.

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The Peloponnesian War (Oxford World's Classics)

By Thucydides

"The maximum historian that ever lived." Such was once Macaulay's evaluate of Thucydides (c. 460-400 BC) and his historical past of the Peloponnesian warfare, the momentous fight among Athens and Sparta that lasted for twenty-seven years from 431 to 404 BC, concerned almost the entire of the Greek global, and resulted in the autumn of Athens. A player within the conflict himself, Thucydides brings to his heritage an amazing mind, outstanding narrative, and penetrating research of the character of strength, because it impacts either states and members. Of the prose writers of the traditional international, Thucydides has had extra lasting impact on western idea than all yet Plato and Aristotle. This re-creation combines a masterly new translation by way of Martin Hammond with accomplished aiding fabric, together with summaries of person Books; textual notes; a entire analytical index; an appendix on weights, measures and distances, funds, and calendars; ten maps; an updated bibliography; and an illuminating advent by way of P.J. Rhodes.

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The Making of Fornication: Eros, Ethics, and Political Reform in Greek Philosophy and Early Christianity

By Kathy L. Gaca

This provocative paintings presents an intensive reassessment of the emergence and nature of Christian sexual morality, the dominant ethical paradigm in Western society seeing that overdue antiquity. whereas many students, together with Michel Foucault, have came upon the foundation of early Christian sexual regulations in Greek ethics and political philosophy, Kathy L. Gaca demonstrates on compelling new grounds that it's erroneous to treat Greek ethics and political theory—with their proposed reforms of eroticism, the relatives, and civic order—as the root of Christian sexual austerity. really, during this completely knowledgeable and wide-ranging research, Gaca indicates that early Christian ambitions to remove fornication have been derived from the sexual ideas and poetic norms of the Septuagint, or Greek Bible, and that early Christian writers tailored those ideas and norms in ways in which exhibit attention-grabbing insights into the certain and mostly non-philosophical personality of Christian sexual morality.

Writing with an authoritative command of either Greek philosophy and early Christian writings, Gaca investigates Plato, the Stoics, the Pythagoreans, Philo of Alexandria, the apostle Paul, and the patristic Christians Clement of Alexandria, Tatian, and Epiphanes, freshly elucidating their principles on sexual reform with precision, intensity, and originality. Early Christian writers, she demonstrates, remodeled all that they borrowed from Greek ethics and political philosophy to release cutting edge courses opposed to fornication that have been inimical to Greek cultural mores, renowned and philosophical alike. The Septuagint's mandate to worship the Lord on my own between all gods resulted in a Christian software to revolutionize Gentile sexual practices, just for early Christians to discover this nearly very unlikely to hold out with out going to extremes of sexual renunciation.

Knowledgeable and wide-ranging, this paintings of highbrow historical past and ethics cogently demonstrates why early Christian sexual regulations took such repressive ascetic kinds, and casts sobering mild on what Christian sexual morality has intended for spiritual pluralism in Western tradition, particularly between girls as its bearers.

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A History of the Classical Greek World, 478 - 323 BC (Blackwell History of the Ancient World)

By P. J. Rhodes

This booklet offers an available account of classical Greek historical past, from the aftermath of the Persian Wars in 478 BC to the loss of life of Alexander the good in 323 BC. the writer describes the years which witnessed the flourishing of democracy in Athens; the institution of the Athenian empire; the Peloponnesian battle, which concerned the total Greek international; the improvement of Macedonian strength less than Philip II; and the conquests of Alexander the nice. His account combines narrative with research, and bargains with significant social, monetary and cultural advancements in addition to political and army occasions. Rhodes info the proof on which his narrative is predicated, including inscriptions, cash and fabric is still, and descriptions the issues, that have to be borne in brain in utilizing this facts.

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The Mystery-Religions

This vintage learn bargains an figuring out of the traditional non secular cults, exploring their attraction and eventual failure within the face of Christianity. themes comprise the Eleusinian mysteries of old Greece; Asiatic cults of Cybele, the Magna Mater, and Attis; Dionysian teams; Orphics; Egyptian devotees of Isis and Osiris; Mithraism; and others.

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