Introducing the Ancient Greeks: From Bronze Age Seafarers to Navigators of the Western Mind
Hall has a double approach which structures the book, one broadly chronological, the other ten key characteristics which she thinks typical of the Ancient Greeks (apart from the Spartans who don't have all of them) (view spoiler)[ I can't remember what the ten were(view spoiler)[ nor can I be bothered to check, it's not ...more
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! ...more
Avresti 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 età, di averle plasmato la sua immagine mentale’ per sem ...more
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. Howev ...more
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 ta...more
The author lays out in the very beginning of the book what she considers as the essential components of ancient Greek culture and character, and then proceeds in chronological fashion to show us how parts of ancient Greek history relates to those components. It is not easy to summarize such a long segment of histo ...more
Edith Hall schildert in zehn Kapiteln, wie das griechische Volk geformt wurde und sich weiterentwickelt hat. Dabei wird dem Leser ein Einblick in die historischen Zahlen und Fakten gewährt, wie auch in die Literatur der damaligen Zeit. Hier muss ich anmerken, da ...more
Sie waren die Erfinder der Demokratie, Begründer der Philosophie, Schöpfer unsterblicher Mythen und Dramen – die alten Griechen haben das Fundament unserer Zivilisation gelegt und somit auch unsere moderne Welt geprägt. Doch was genau war das Erfolgsgeheimnis der griechischen Völker, was hat sie – über alle politischen und kulturellen Grenzen hinweg – angetrieben? Und was verbindet uns mit ihnen? (Klappentext)
Was machte einen Griechen zu einem Griechen? Dieser Frage geht d ...more
However, this book ranges much further than that and gives an overall view of the extent of Greek civilization. Edith Hall shows how the Mycenaean’s predated and created classical Greece; how Alex ...more
I enjoyed it considerably, especially as I prepare to dive deeper into source material via my s ...more
Hall enumerates 10 characteristics of the Greeks and uses these as underlying themes for her 10 chapters, each one handling a different part of the history of Greece, but also a different part of Greece. This serves to underline the disparate nature of ancient Greece, the city states that were never really unified and yet that had their origins in a common ancestry. This in itself is a major lesson abou ...more