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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (727 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edith Hamilton Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The aim of this work is not a history of events but an account of the achievement and spirit of Greece.

“What the Greeks discovered, how they brought a new world to birth out of the dark confusions of an old world that had crumbled away, is full of meaning for us today who have seen an old world swept away.”

In The Greek Way, Edith Hamilton shares the fruits of her thorough study of Greek life, literature, philosophy, and art. She interprets their meaning and brings us a realization of the refuge and strength the past can offer us in the troubled present. Hamilton’s book has taken its place among the few interpretative volumes that are permanently rooted and profoundly alive in our literature.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A book of both cultural and critical importance.”

    New York Times

  • “At last, a landmark recording of Hamilton’s magnificent, in-depth overview of Greek life, civilization, literature, art, theater, rhetoric, and history, making this key work of cultural and critical significance available to the audio generation…This program is well read by Nadia May.”

    Library Journal

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Steven Sills | 2/12/2014

    " I finished it months ago, but skimming over it to write my research project. Hamilton is a classicist rather than a historian, although historians of Ancient Greece tend to be as familiar with Aeschylus as they are Thucydides. Hamilton does know her history, but is rather bold if not reckless in her ideas which would probably get a more circumspect response from a true historian. The Athenians were the only civilization up to that time who loved life, she says. All other civilizations, she says, created institutions around death and the afterlife. She ignores the importance of money that allowed Socrates and others freedom from work to persue art, how in a small town the ideas of intelkects will resonate in all quarters of the city, making intellectual pursuits the talk of all denizens, and how war and its atrocities gave drama art not to mention democracy turning into demogagery "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Daphne | 2/11/2014

    " Wonderfully accessible introduction to Greek history. She was made an honorary citizen of Athens and well deserved it. I love her. Her biography, by partner Reid, is worth reading to learn more about this remarkable mind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tracy | 2/3/2014

    " Confront the sorrows of Electra, Oedipus, Clytemnestra and Antigone, woven threadbare at the seams in a chapter or two, and you're guaranteed to become an emotional wreck upon closing the book (yes, that's the part I liked best). Ah, Greek Tragedy and Edith Hamilton. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by David | 1/31/2014

    " Excellent overview of classical Greek thought, culture and beliefs. I read it as a foundation before starting Homer, Thucydides, Herodotus, etc. The writing is excellent, but very dense and needs to be read carefully. It is not a fast or light read. "

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