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3.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 5 3.67 (9 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Heath, Victor Davis Hanson Narrator: Jeff Riggenbach Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2015 ISBN: 9781504700405
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For over two millennia in the West, familiarity with the literature, philosophy, and values of the Classical World has been synonymous with education itself. The traditions of the Greeks explain why Western Culture’s unique tenets of democracy, capitalism, civil liberty, and constitutional government are now sweeping the globe. Yet the general public in America knows less about its cultural origins than ever before, as Classical education rapidly disappears from our high school and university curricula.

Acclaimed classicists Hanson and Heath raise an impassioned call to arms: if we lose our knowledge of the Greeks, we lose our understanding of who we are. With straightforward advice and informative reading lists, the authors present a highly useful primer for anyone who wants more knowledge of Classics, and thus of the beauty and perils of our own culture.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Griff | 12/8/2013

    " The Demise of Classical Education and the Recovery of Greek Wisdom "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sam Sotiropoulos | 11/25/2013

    " Read all about the crime of the Millennium. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan | 5/4/2013

    " A vibrant review of the state of Classics in America today. Highly recommended for anyone (of any subject) intending to go into academia with the goal of teaching. Not only is it informative, but it's an enthralling read, as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 2/24/2013

    " The best part of this book is that you get to feel indignant along with the authors at the absolutely absurd drivel that passes for scholarship. Privilege, discourse, deconstruct, gender, patriarchy, queer... Are we talking about the Greeks or are we in a "Women's Studies" class here? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Scott | 1/8/2013

    " I like classics, some people don't, Hanson takes it personally. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Popebrak | 12/5/2012

    " SPOILER: It was us. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh | 10/10/2012

    " Very good, but I think Hanson and Heath overstate the uniqueness of Greek culture/thought as being singularly important for founding Western thought (at the expense of Christian/Jewish thought). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark Lofquist | 9/24/2012

    " there's NO reason for the classics to fall out of fashion. filter this book's contents knowing the author is defending his vocation - but it doesn't make him wrong. we are all missing very important foundational understanding of our past, talk about destined to repeat our mistakes!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris J | 9/1/2012

    " Written by scholars for scholars, but is a good read for someone interested in Classical Education. My main problem with the book is they never did answer their own question...I guess he died of natural causes. "

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About the Author
Author Victor Davis Hanson

Victor Davis Hanson is the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He is a recipient of the National Humanities Medal. His many books include A War Like No Other and Between War and Peace. He is a syndicated columnist for Tribune Media Services and is the current codirector of the group on military history and contemporary conflict at the Hoover Institution.

About the Narrator

Jeff Riggenbach has narrated numerous titles for Blackstone Audio and won an AudioFile Earphones Award. An author, contributing editor, and producer, he has worked in radio in San Francisco for the last thirty years, earning a Golden Mike Award for journalistic excellence.