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on July 18, 2008
Longing for Wisdom is a very accessible introduction to the Delphic Maxims (focusing on a selection, with reference to the full collection), those wise sayings which informed the lives and ethics of the ancient Greeks, and which are (perhaps surprisingly for some) very relevant to our lives today. Instead of some dry history lesson, Szabo necessarily puts the Maxims in their historical context but then spends the bulk of the book looking at each of the selected Maxims in detail, exploring the reasoning behind them, and how they can be applied to ourselves in very practical, helpful ways. It is written with an understanding of the Maxims' polytheistic religious underpinnings, the author being a polytheist herself, but yet it is applicable to anyone and everyone. Equal parts history, Classics, ethics, psychology, self-improvement, and a wide variety of other subjects, it's not only interesting but useful. Definitely recommended!
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