The Greek Way

Edith Hamilton


The Greek Way

The Greek Way

  • Title: The Greek Way
  • Author: Edith Hamilton
  • ISBN: 9780393041620
  • Page: 388
  • Format: Hardcover



Based on a thorough study of Greek life and civilization, of Greek literature, philosophy, and art, The Greek Way interprets their meaning and brings a realization of the refuge and strength the past can be to us in the troubled present Miss Hamilton s book must take its place with the few interpretative volumes which are permanently rooted and profoundly alive in our litBased on a thorough study of Greek life and civilization, of Greek literature, philosophy, and art, The Greek Way interprets their meaning and brings a realization of the refuge and strength the past can be to us in the troubled present Miss Hamilton s book must take its place with the few interpretative volumes which are permanently rooted and profoundly alive in our literature This is a book of both cultural and critical importance, says The New York Times In the masterly exposition and deep understanding of the contrast between the Greek and the modern conception of life, we are brought to fresh appraisals of our own intellectual activities Her pages are a pleasure to follow Altogether a notable book CONTENTS Preface East and West Mind and Spirit The Way of the East and the West in Art The Greek Way of Writing Pindar, the Last Greek Aristocrat The Athenians as Plato Saw Them Aristophanes and the Old Comedy Herodotus, the First Sight Seer Thucydides, the Thing That Hath Been Is That Which Shall Be Xenophon, the Ordinary Athenian Gentleman The Idea of Tragedy Aeschylus, the First Dramatist Sophocles, Quintessence of the Greek Euripides, the Modern Mind The Religion of the Greeks The Way of the Greeks The Way of the Modern World.


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In the late Victorian, an eighteen-year-old Edith Hamilton graduated from Bryn Mawr College. Enraptured by the spirit of Classical Antiquity, she did what any academic would and traveled to the center of Greek and Roman studies, Germany, to continue her education. She was the first woman to attend classes in these great European colleges, though she could not pursue a degree, instead she had to audit, watching lectures from s specially-built booth that screened her from the view of her classmate [...]

Edith Hamilton is my favourite writer when it comes to describing ancient Greek mythology. This is her first book where she tries to place the context of intellectual life in 5th C Athens from which so much influential poetry, theatre and philosophy will be born. It feels like you are walking down the lane in front of the Parthenon with the plunging view of Athens seeing Socrates pass by with a gaggle of students around him, Aristophanes on the side of a building looking up at a flock of birds, [...]

Llegué a este ensayo a través de una conferencia de Carlos García Gual. En términos Herodotianos, decir que este ensayo me ha parecido una maravilla.Llevo todo el mes de enero entregado a la lectura de los trágicos griegos: Esquilo (aquel que despojó la guerra de toda gloria, aquel hombre que vio la vida tan dramáticamente que para expresarse, tuvo que inventar el drama), Sófocles y Eurípides, y este ensayo de Edith Hamilton (1867-1963), que no había sido traducido al castellano hasta [...]

Edith Hamilton's prose reads like a disjointed and stilted school-boy translation of ancient greek. Plus, she's a snob and a hyperbolist. Her books should be put on the trash heap with all the other Victorian bombasts. If you want to learn why to love the ancients, go read a novel by Mary Renault.

The disdain of professional classicists for Edith Hamilton is understandable but nevertheless unfair, since she never held herself out as a learned scholar or textual critic. Instead, she simply took a great interest in communicating to a broader audience (i.e. the masses) what it was that made Greek civilization worthy of our attention. Hamilton was one of those enthusiasts who was simply in love with the Greeks, and that affection is evident on every page.She was, in short, a "popularizer," an [...]

I have been re-reading this, for the first time since high school. It remains a splendid book. Hard to imagine what could be better for the purpose of introducing the achievements of classical Greece to modern readers. The author treats her subject with the clarity and brevity that comes from mastery. She explains to the reader what was singular about the Greeks, and why it continues to matter to this day.When I had read it in high school, I had not favored it as much as I had H. D. F. Kitto’s [...]

Although it's sixty years old, this masterful little book brings ancient Greece to life and connects the core issues and questions that drove their lives to the issues and questions any thinking person struggles with today. Hamilton masterfully integrates a long view of the ebb and flow of human thought with the specifics that drive us making each period unique. She describes how in ancient Greece, for the first time in history, man was sufficiently secure to let go of the day to day concerns su [...]

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, [...]

Chapters 5-14 of The Greek Way are excellent. Edith Hamilton is at her best when sketching biographies of specific people. She makes historical figures come alive as real humans by examining their writings as well as anecdotes told about them by their contemporaries. One high point for me was the story of Socrates drinking everyone else under the table at the dinner party, and of him being ribbed by his companions about his shrewish wife. Such moments make this book worthwhile for any student of [...]

Alas, an old and decrepit copy!Simply, a treatise on the greatness of the Ancient Greeks. From this statement, Hamilton then proceeds to show the reader why we can say "great."She traces each "big" writer: Aeschylus, Herodutus, Plato, etc. and sets up a comparative with each. Aeschylus with the other dramatists; Herodutus with Thucydides and Xenophon, etc.But, the two most powerful arguments, I think, come at the beginning and the end: the first setting in relief the difference between thinking [...]

I read this at around the same time we were made to read her Mythology for freshman English class and during the period I was fulfilling high school foreign language requirements by studying Latin. It was probably my first survey of ancient Greek culture and society and I thoroughly enjoyed it, particularly the part when she pointed out that Greek buildings and statues were originally painted brilliantly, the latter often equipped with glass eyeballs. That blew my mind. It still does.

My current favorite book; brilliantly presented, truthful, braod, and just the right amount of justified snobbery on behalf of the Greeks. Changed my life and how i think about the world.

I began this to enrich my trip to Greece. It has enriched my understanding of the world. It's relevance to today's art, literature, and politics continually made me pause to consider my previously deficient understanding. I am so glad I read it at this time. It has helped me gain additional perspective in many fields.

Excellent read encapsulating a lot of wisdom.

So, why should this little book—initially published over eighty years ago, written by a woman who died in 1963, extolling the virtues of a polis that vanished roughly 2500 years ago—have any compelling interest for a reader in the second decade of the 21st century? Yet it does, because Miss Hamilton, in cogent and elegant prose, makes the case for the continuing importance of classical Greece (and, in particular, the Athens of the 5th century BC). When I growing up, we took for granted the g [...]

"Little is left of all this wealth of great art: the sculptures, defaced and broken into bits, have crumbled away; the buildings are fallen; the paintings gone forever; of the writings, all lost but a very few. We have only the ruin of what was; the world has had no more than that for well on for two thousand years; yet these few remains of the mighty structure have been a challenge and an incitement to men ever since and they are among our possessions today which we value as most precious.” A [...]

There is something fascinating about scholarship produced in an era different from our own. What can sometimes appear to be a monolithic genre is, in fact, as susceptible to the vagaries of human opinion as anything else we humans create. Take, for example, the controlled diatribe against the culture of "the East" with which Hamilton begins this book. In order to draw out the extraordinary nature of the so-called Greek Miracle, Hamilton amalgamates all the Asian cultures west of China and ascrib [...]

Edith Hamilton's The Greek Way is essentially a long opinion piece on why the ancient Greeks matter in the modern world. Ms. Hamilton would assert that in many ways those ancient Greeks are better than their modern counterparts. To be fair she is only using the briefest of moments, Periclean Athens as her metric, but you get some heavy hitters in this flash of classical glory: Socrates, Plato, Herodotus, Thucydides, Xenophon, AEschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Pindar, Aristophanes. This is kind of [...]

This is a really bad book. Like, really bad. Well, perhaps bad isn’t the right word. Hopelessly dated and irrelevant might be better. Hamilton (author of the excellent introduction to Mythology) attempts to explain the unique and superior nature of ancient Greece through a review of its culture and comparison to the uncultured “east”, ruled by dictators, or the culture of today. Hamilton is obsessed with placing national cultures in boxes (if you’re western, if you’re “eastern”, it [...]

I picked up this book to read with background books on Greece, not realizing that it is not really a history book, but rather a general commentary on Classical Athenian culture. As such, it was a great reference, summarizing and putting into a modern context ancient philosophers,authors, politicians, and historians. The chapter on Herodotus was especially interesting to me! I found Mz. Hamilton's writing to be easy to read and, at times, amusing, and always informative.The only negative comments [...]

I first encountered the work of Edith Hamilton when I was a student of Latin in high school. She enchanted me with her love for classical Greece much as did my Latin teacher. Hamilton outlines both the mythology and cultural history of Greece from its literature to it art, architecture and beyond. Her passion for the classics, she co-edited what is still a standard collection of Plato's Dialogues, is evident on every page. It hard for the reader not to succumb to the admirable presentation and s [...]

This book was lost on me in college and I'm so glad I found a copy recently. Miss Hamilton is a wonderful teacher and this is a fantastic readers' companion to the Greek greats. She differentiates between the tragedians so successfully that this should be required reading for all directing students. I humbly disagree with her opening thesis on ancient Greek motivations and values, which are, I think, overly influenced by the two World Wars she lived through and her deep knowledge of the Bible, b [...]

This is about ancient Greece. All I wanted to know and forgot about philosophers, artists and the Greek contributions still enjoyed today. Interesting and uncomplicated for example the word 'character' is Greek. To us the word character indicates individual uniqueness, for the Greeks it meant individual integration to society. The book has many of the philosophers long forgotten, yet brought back with vividness and ease

a very interesting read offering a myriad of valuable perspectives beware, however, as the scholarship used to refer to the ancient Egyptian civilization is dated and inaccurate still, like Oedipus Aegyptus, although the information is not correct, the perspective is still a valuable one to explore.

I wish I had read this book long ago. It is indeed brilliant.

This is a classic. And for a reason. I recommend it highly.

"What marked the Greeks off from Egypt and India was not an inferior degree of spirituality but a superior degree of mentality. Great mind and great spirit combined in them. The spiritual world was not to them another world from the natural world. It was the same world as that known to the mind. Beauty and rationality were both manifested in it. They did not see the conclusions reached by the spirit and those reached by the mind as opposed to each other. Reason and feeling were not antagonistic. [...]

An excellent book on the meaning and way of life of the Ancient Greeks. The book begins with a contrast between Ancient Egypt and Greece, suggesting Egypt in much of its culture were worshippers of death and toil (literally constructing massive monuments for tombs), and Greece as worshippers of reason, balance and life. The Gods of Greece were not punishers of mankind, but simply larger humans who got into disputes as often as any mortals. Later on in the book the author contrasts Shakespearean [...]

Once the near-hysteric praise of the Greek world and the often too-easily-concise overviews of nuanced territory are absorbed as background, the breadth of thought and effectiveness of example shines forth, each chapter opening the reader’s eyes not only to the Greek worldview, but our contemporary situation, its relative suppression of reality and imbalance of spirit. Hamilton’s writing, as overheated as it is, slices with sharp clarity, and you leave the book much better equipped to see bo [...]

Reading this book was such a delight! I wish all historical books were as insightful and beautifully written. The Greek Way is part biography and part explanation of the Greek mind, which is just what I was looking for this year. I'm so happy to have stumbled upon Edith Hamilton! I hope to discover more authors like her. Her book attempted to vivid bring Ancient Greece and ancient thinking to life and for me, it did just that!


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