- Series: Paideia, the Ideals of Greek Culture
- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press (April 24, 1986)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0195040481
- ISBN-13: 978-0195040487
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 7.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,573,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Paideia: The Ideals of Greek Culture: Volume III: The Conflict of Cultural Ideals in the Age of Plato
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"[Paideia] is intended for the general reader, and it is probably God's gift to educators, because it conveys to the reader, in a clear and attractive form, covering the ground comprehensively, a conception of the central point of view in Hellenic society and culture."--Edmund Wilson, The New Yorker
"The most illuminating work I have ever read on Greece."--Edith Hamilton, The New York Times Book Review.
From the Back Cover
The final volume of Werner Jaeger's three-volume Paideia begins at the same point as its predecessor--the fall of the Periclean empire--but pursues a different line of intellectual development.
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Jaeger covers the early Greek development of their concepts of the ideal pattern of behavior as well as the basic accepted mores of Greek society; not only of the nobility, but the peasantry as well. The source for the day to day life of the peasant is mostly derived from Hesoid’s account - Works and Days. He introduces the term arête, which he explains initially had more to do with the concept of valor - but he follows the changing understanding of arête as it came to reflect a different ideal over time. The concept of justice is likewise developed in the same manner. Jaeger seems to immolate the path of Hegel’s historical method as a revealing of a progressive evolutionary path, as such the developmental nature of the evolution of the Greek culture is developed in a historical context.
Not only is Athens dealt with in detail from a cultural perspective but the contrast with Sparta’s diverse cultural norms is also. Included is coverage of the effects of the sophistic movement on education, as well as the significance of Euripides and other tragic poets on the Greek society. There is not much that escapes Jaeger’s vision in terms of impact on the expression of culture in ancient Greece.
Highly recommend to any having an interest in the history of Greece and its enduring impact on Western culture.
The concepts presented are well explained for those casually interested in philosophy but done so with a large vocabulary, lots of Greek words and assumes that you read the first book (which I did not). I found that a good dictionary and a bit of research online (for Greek words)was sufficent to allow a rewarding understanding of the material presented.
Where are the other two volumes?
Back to the paperback for me...
The find of the books for me was Isocrates, the master of rhetoric and a hypochondriac who almost lived to 100. The stories of Isocrates and Demonsthenes renewed by interest in the study of rhetoric. Homer, Hesiod, Pindar, Socrates, they are all here. Overall a fantastic trilogy.