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Why, at the end of the 20th century, should we give a hoot in the first place about a brutal, misogynist society that rose to greatness on the back of slaves? Because, they argue, it was the first place; for all the faults of ancient Greece, the seeds of what Western civilization is today were planted there. "What we mean by Greek wisdom," they explain, "is that at the very beginning of Western culture the Greeks provided a blueprint for an ordered and humane society that could transcend time and space, one whose spirit and core values could evolve, sustain, and drive political reform and social change for ages hence."
But Hanson and Heath are not content to simply make a fiery, articulate case for what's right about understanding this particular ancient civilization in a contemporary world where more and more non-Western societies openly seek to embrace the democratic spirit. They go on to launch a deliciously vituperative jeremiad on what's wrong with the priorities of those entrusted with passing on this wisdom. Classics departments, as portrayed in Who Killed Homer?, appear to be filled with politically correct, insecure footnote fawners who, steeped in minutiae, miss the Big Picture. Hanson and Heath have a plan, sure to raise the hackles of tenured professors, for reviving classical studies that emphasizes the importance of teaching, communicating, and popularizing over publishing arcane monographs in journals not even the writer's family will ever read, insisting that the alternative--the extinction of a vivid intellectual pursuit--borders on cultural suicide. --Jeff Silverman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Hanson has without a doubt become a polarizing figure in the 16 years since "Who Killed Homer?", but that does not take away from the strong critique of publish-or-perish... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Nathan P. Gilmour
I hate this book. As a classicist who works in a department of classics, I hate it because the accusations are far from groundless. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Fardarter
Eurocentric bias cloaked on the attack of the demise of classical education...While I agree that Greek history is valuable and has a lot to offer us in the present, the... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Daniel Santana
A very sharp intellectual discussion about the importance of the ancient greece. I loved the logic and the topic. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Glenn
I spent 4 years studying Latin in high school in the 1970s and loved it, as did my brother and sister. We took Latin because our mother had loved it in the 1940s. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Chana Siegel
Victor Hanson's polemic "Who Killed Homer?" is a convincing but exhausting explanation of why and how Classicists are ruining the teaching of Greek and why and how it should be... Read morePublished on January 19, 2013 by Doktor Faustus
It is unfortunate, if not surprising, that this book's hostile and hyperbolic claims are cloaked in engaging and clever rhetoric. Read morePublished on May 31, 2012 by K. DeBoer
After many years of teaching and then reading "Who Killed Homer' it is easy to see how the bible and God's Word is defiled. Read morePublished on July 25, 2011 by George Sloan