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Oldest Dead White European Males - 93 edition

Oldest Dead White European Males (ISBN10: 039331233X; ISBN13: 9780393312331)
ISBN13: 978-0393312331
ISBN10: 039331233X

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ISBN13: 978-0393034929
ISBN10: 0393034925

Summary: Should the ancient Greeks--"the oldest dead white European males"--be kept alive in our collective memory? Why study them at all if, by passing their destructive ideas to the Romans and eventually to the rest of Europe, they may ultimately be responsible for much of what's wrong with American society? In this "supremely lucid and elegant" book (The New Yorker), Bernard Knox poses and answers such fundamental questions, helping us to remember the astonishing originality of the ancient Greeks and
all that we have learned--and continue to learn--from them.
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Summary: Should the ancient Greeks--"the oldest dead white European males"--be kept alive in our collective memory? Why study them at all if, by passing their destructive ideas to the Romans and eventually to the rest of Europe, they may ultimately be responsible for much of what's wrong with American society? In this "supremely lucid and elegant" book (The New Yorker), Bernard Knox poses and answers such fundamental questions, helping us to remember the astonishing originality of the ancient Greeks and all that we have learned--and continue to learn--from them....show less

Edition/Copyright: 93
Cover: Print On Demand
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co.
Published: 05/01/1991
International: No



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New York 1993 Soft Cover Very Good " In three erudite essays originally delivered as lectures, Knox stresses the relevance of the ancient Greeks (the "dead white males" of the title) to the modern ...show moreworld. Former director of Harvard's Center for Hellenic Studies, Knox defends the modern teaching of the humanities as "an education for democracy." While acknowledging the inferior status of women in ancient Greek society, he argues that women were a formidable presence in the household, and he finds in Greek epics, poetry and drama a wealth of assertive, active females. Knox portrays the Sophists, who taught rhetoric and poetry, as "the first professors of the humanities." It was the Sophists, not Socrates, who "brought theory down from the skies, " he insists. He closes with an account of his year-long stay in Greece, where he found living ties between the country's ancient and contemporary language and culture. 144p ). Hardback. Bookseller Inventory # 59426H. ...show less
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