The Wisdom of the Ancient Greeks

Pages: 192
Subject: Gift Books
Imprint: Oneworld
Illustrations: 30 colour illustrations

The Wisdom of the Ancient Greeks

Drawn from the vast wealth of Ancient Greek literature, this little compendium offers an inspiring selection of extracts from the greatest classical thinkers.
Hardback
9781851682980 (9 Aug 2002)
RRP £10.99 / US$15.95

The Book

For nearly three thousand years the wisdom of the Ancient Greeks has influenced almost every sphere of thought, from drama to science. Resonating through the ages, the writings of this majestic civilization combine the passion of human emotions with the mental rigours of philosophy.





Drawn from the vast wealth of Ancient Greek literature, this little compendium offers an inspiring selection of extracts from the greatest classical thinkers. From Plato's thoughts on justice to Homer's vision of love and Aesop's words of wisdom, these passages address a multitude of timeless themes, turning ancient thought into practical advice.





As both a testament to the enduring preoccupations of humankind, and a philosophical handbook for modern times, this keepsake will provide much spiritual nourishment for many years to come.

Additional Information

Subject Gift Books
Pages 192
Imprint Oneworld
Illustrations 30 colour illustrations

 

About the Author

Mel Thompson is a freelance writer and editor specializing in Philosophy, Religion, and Ethics. He greatly admires the immense creativity and insight of the Ancient Greeks, and believes that reading Greek literature is not just exploring the past, it is re-visiting the roots of the present.

Table of Contents

Wisdom, philosophy and learning 13


Friendship, love and passion 33


Moderation and diligence 53


Courage, fate and suffering 81


Morality 101


Beauty,art and happiness 125


Justice and politics 145


Perceptions of reality and the immortal realm 157