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Introducing the Ancient Greeks: From Bronze Age Seafarers to Navigators of the Western Mind This book looked interesting on the shelves I thought that, if nothing else, I might learn one or two things, at least, about post Mycenean, pre classical Greece, and, since the author is a philosophy prof, get her particular take on the ground zero of western philosophy.Unfortunately, whopper errors at the start and end of the book mar any good content in the middle.First, near the start, Hall talks about how small Greece is, at 25,000 square miles, smaller than Portugal or Scotland.Er, WRONG It s 50,000 square miles and bigger than both With that error occurring in the first dozen pages, my skeptical antennae were up for the rest of the book.It s much worse at the end, where a mix of errors and unsupported presuppositions are horrendous.First, she claims that there were 110,000 Christians in the year 200 CE First, we don t know the exact number of Xns Second, to the degree we have guesstimates, we don t know how many of them were inside the Roman empire.Next, she claims the gospel of Mark was written 61 CE Uhh, most New Testament scholars would date it about 5 years later I think it could have been written as late as 70 71, depending on the provenance of its origin.Finally, she repeats the old secularist canard, as did Carl Sagan, that the death of Hypatia at the hands of Christians was what led to the destruction of the Professor Hall s work does not appear to be so much a history as an intellectual history, an important subdivision of the general enterprise of history While this is a competent history of the Greeks, through to the conquest of Christianity, it does not offer any new insights There is an acknowledgement of the traditional and revisionist approaches to the ancient Greeks in this work Professor Hall does her best to navigate through these rocky shoals this they succeed at quiet well However, I was expecting of a history based upon textual and archaeological evidence and less on literary sources Although literary sources are textual, I was hoping for texts that were factual in nature historical in nature What this reader got was another, obvious, reading of the Homeric epics the Theogony Works and Days, etc Again, as an introduction this is to be expected, but there are many introduc Egregia Maria Grazia Carta in TurrisiAvresti mai immaginato che una tua alunna delle elementari, del biennio 58 60, di quella scuola di semiperiferia morta di fame per ataviche brutte abitudini, a cui aveva dato il colpo di grazia un dopoguerra lunghissimo, un pantano usato da alibi avresti mai immaginato dicevo che quella bambina, piagnona e rompiballe senza il senso della disciplina, avrebbe dovuto riconoscere, alla sua veneranda et , di averle plasmato la sua immagine mentale per sempre Difficile mi stato anche scegliere un aggettivo da affiancare al tuo nome in questo sfogo in forma di lettera dall aulico linguaggio come si deve a una formazione passata di moda unica eccezione il poco aulico tu Ho scartato con cipiglio carissima mai lo fosti Anzi, per dirla papale papale, ti ho odiata di odio profondo Tu mi ignoravi Al massimo un gesto di fastidio.Ma date a Cesare quel che di Cesare amavi la storia, specialmente i miti greci con i cui racconti mi affascinavi e quelli fondanti siciliani il tuo idolo era Fe A big subject in a small book It is difficult to get everything that was important about Greeks in 300 pages but the book does a good job of giving a sketch of why we should still pay attention to the ancient Greeks The story is not revisionist and in many ways is old school about the Greeks but A great book written by a superb author although her comments on christianity made me feel like she was yelling at me through the pages My only complaint is the lack of maps illustrations, as it was extremely difficult to picture so many military campaigns in my head This book served as a good intro to the ancient Greek world I am going to read some Herodotus and Thucydides soon. They Gave Us Democracy, Philosophy, Poetry, Rational Science, The Joke They Built The Parthenon And The Library Of Alexandria They Wrote The Timeless Myths Of Odysseus And Oedipus, And The Histories Of Leonidas S Three Hundred Spartans And Alexander The Great.But Who Were The Ancient Greeks And What Was It That Enabled Them To Achieve So Much Here, Edith Hall Gives Us A Revelatory Way Of Viewing This Geographically Scattered People, Visiting Different Communities At Various Key Moments During Twenty Centuries Of Ancient History.Identifying Ten Unique Traits Central To The Widespread Ancient Greeks, Hall Unveils A Civilization Of Incomparable Richness And A People Of Astounding Complexity And Explains How They Made Us Who We Are Today A Thoroughly Readable And Illuminating Account Of This Fascinating People This Excellent Book Makes Us Admire And Like The Ancient Greeks Equally Independent A Worthy And Lively Introduction To One Of The Two Groups Of Ancient Peoples Who Really Formed The Western World Sunday Times Throughout, Hall Exemplifies Her Subjects Spirit Of Inquiry, Their Originality And Their Open Mindedness Daily Telegraph A Book That Is Both Erudite And Splendidly Entertaining Financial Times A fantastically useful research teaching tool on Ancient Greece that is also immensely readableand these two characteristics don t always work in tandem I thoroughly enjoyed the concise chapters, the categories of analysis, and the smooth flowing prose style. A good book but could be better written Some odd error Augustus for Octavian at the battle of Actium. Introducing the Ancient Greeks From Bronze Age Seafarers to Navigators of the Western Mind by Edith Hall is an exceptional review of the impact of the ancient Greeks and clearly describes how these innovators gained their knowledge and scattered their culture abroad to what ultimately becomes known as the Roman Empire Hall uses ten characteristics unique to the ancient Greeks and how each of these characteristics manifest themselves, especially in literature and archaeology Hall begins the tale with the Mycenaeans who inhabited the island of Crete during the late Bronze Age and continues the narrative through the colonization of Asia Minor, the Persian Wars, the Peloponnesian War, and the conquests of Macedonian and Rome With each time period, she brilliantly connects the characteristics and shows how they evolve and developed over the centuries The evidence does become rather slim after the conquests of Macedonia under Alexander the Great almost as if the characteristics become diluted, as if the characteristics became a shadowy reflection of what the ancient Greeks


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