The Greeks

Paperback | June 30, 1950

byH. D. F. Kitto

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“The best introduction I have ever read to Ancient Greece. The author’s liveliness of mind and style has enabled him to make a mass of information appetizing and digestible” –Ray Mortimer in the Sunday Times

The Greeks were extraordinary not least because they evolved "a totally new conception of what human life was for." Justifying and elaborating on that claim, H.D.F. Kitto explores the life, culture and history of classical Greece, bringing to his subject the passion, wit and insight that have made this brief introduction a world-famous classic.

“Professor Kitto is a model historian – lively, accurate, and fully acquainted with the latest developments in the subject . . . never vague . . . often witty and always full of vigour.”—The Times Educational Supplement

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“The best introduction I have ever read to Ancient Greece. The author’s liveliness of mind and style has enabled him to make a mass of information appetizing and digestible” –Ray Mortimer in the Sunday Times The Greeks were extraordinary not least because they evolved "a totally new conception of what human life was for." Justifying an...

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The Greeks were extraordinary not least because they evolved ’a totally new conception of what human life was for’. Elaborating on that claim, H. D. F. Kitto explores the life, culture and history of classical Greece.

The Greeks were extraordinary not least because they evolved ’a totally new conception of what human life was for’. Elaborating on that claim, H. D. F. Kitto explores the life, culture and history of classical Greece.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:June 30, 1950Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0140135219

ISBN - 13:9780140135213

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A critical and well-weighted analysis of the Greek Kitto’s work was invaluable not in that it recounted the accomplishments and history of this ancient civilization, but rather that it gave the audience an actually glimpse into the mind-set of these ancient people. We get to know at bit about their character, their sense of idealism and intellectualism which were all paramount in creating a society that gave rise to the likes of Socrates and many others. Kitto shows us how the Greeks saw themselves as dignified people who valued their sense of freedom above all else. It was this sense of freedom, self-reliance and honour which the Greeks held so close to their psyche as recounted in the epics of Homer, and it was these characteristics which they thought differentiated them from their non-Greek neighbors. Kitto also tried to explain how these values became slowly eroded during the fourth century by a new sense of individualism and cosmopolitanism that had been spurred on by numerous factors including the loss of “freedom” wrought by the new imperial age of Alexander the Great and later the Roman Empire. Kitto is a philhellene to be sure, as one can perceive from his enthusiasm and admiration for these long gone people. However, he does not blindly go about praising their accomplishments by any means. Kitto does not hesitate to take up the more distasteful elements of antiquity such as slavery. By no means is he an apologist nor does he make feeble attempts to justify any improprieties, yet at the same time he sees fit to qualify excessively disparaging views put forward by other authors on the status of women and slaves for example. Ultimately one gets the sense that he makes a critical analysis of the subject at hand and presents well-weighted arguments.
Date published: 2004-01-23

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Table of Contents

1 INTRODUCTION
2 THE FORMATION OF THE GREEK PEOPLE
3 THE COUNTRY
4 HOMER
5 THE POLIS
6 CLASSICAL GREECE: THE EARLY PERIOD
7 CLASSICAL GREECE: THE FIFTH CENTURY
8 THE GREEKS AT WAR
9 THE DECLINE OF THE POLIS
10 THE GREEK MIND
11 MYTH AND RELIGION
12 LIFE AND CHARACTER

INDEX