And now that I've read it, I can't imagine why it's not required reading at every school!
Any commentary on, say, Plato or Empedocles or Greek history by and large had to do its best with issues of religion and trends in thought.
Each chapter is buttressed with an impressive clump of endnotes (about a quarter of the book must be notes) for further research.
Most people don't bother to look at the mechanics of sin based societies vs shame based societies. The Greeks, according to Dodds were a shame based culture. Read morePublished 7 months ago by John M. Beasley
A revelation, a bullet to the brain, an intellectual earthquake, I cannot get enough of Dodds, he's simply one of the greatest writers and thinkers in the history of the world.Published 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is not a review of the excellent book itself; refer to other reviews, many of which give the book 5 stars, and so do I. Read morePublished on August 5, 2012 by Amazon Customer
The item arrived quickly and in great shape. Although it was a used book, it looked new.Published on September 17, 2010 by dlodge
E.R. Dodds' "The Greeks and the Irrational" is based a series of lectures the author gave at Berkeley in 1949 and by his admission "reproduced here substantially as they were... Read morePublished on October 24, 2005 by Valjean
Surprised to see this old classic still in print, one can certainly recommend it, though with a list of debating points. Read morePublished on February 29, 2004 by John C. Landon
This book covers the importance of the irrational and primitive 'petri dish' of Greek culture that is of necessity. Read morePublished on July 11, 2002 by Edward Kyle Jones
Published in 1951 but still in print, this is one of those books that you read slowly, not because it's difficult, but because each sentence is so well-turned, and so larded with... Read morePublished on January 14, 2002 by Douglas Harper
Eric Dodds' masterpiece "The Greeks and the Irrational" is an interestingly subversive work. Read morePublished on October 9, 2001