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  • Series: Isi Guides to the Major Disciplines
  • Paperback: 92 pages
  • Publisher: Intercollegiate Studies Institute (November 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932236155
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932236156
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.3 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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By Brett Williams on June 25, 2006
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What an enjoyable, enlightening and inspiring little book. Laced throughout Thornton's survey of classical (Greco-Roman) categories (drama, poetry, history - sadly lacking science and mathematics) are morsels resurrecting the epic expanse of this human pageant responsible for Western civilization. To think the ancient Greeks (to a lesser degree the Romans) attained such heights between 700 BCE to 100 CE, one can't help but puzzle over the pale nature of our own times. While we don't live in a Dark Age (yet) sampling such astonishing achievements of that intellectual / artistic era makes our present look stable, comfortable and dreadfully dim. While ignored by current university fashions, Thornton seeks to introduce those lost in our present to this brilliant heritage.

Some of the most stirring moments come from Thornton's footnotes on the life and times of great creators. "Catullus was part of a social and artistic movement that rejected ideas of Roman culture for the values of Hellenistic Greek civilization, which focused on the individual and his sensibility, his experiences rather than his duty to the State." One can hear echoes in our own age when calls for patriotism challenge civil rights as well as our problems with excess individualism. The severe austerity of lugubrious ancient Israel clashing with inquisitive, luxurious, decadent Greco-Rome - resonant still in the West's spilt personally - takes place in these same pages. Lessons for academia and popular culture are frequent: "Thucydides' concern for accuracy, his insights into human nature and political psychology, his realist acceptance of the tragic nature of human affairs, his refusal to admit supernatural causes... all set the standard for historical writing as a sincere, painstaking effort to get at the truth of things.
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This guide is an excellent overview to the study of Classics as well as a roadmap to guide your studies. With it you will be able to systematically pursue the Classics with confidence.
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