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by Peter France

  • Author: Peter France
  • ISBN: 0140238220
  • ISBN13: 978-2910260057
  • ePub: 1831 kb | FB2: 1628 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: History & Criticism
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (July 1, 1995)
  • Pages: 208
  • Rating: 4.1/5
  • Votes: 649
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Greek as a Treat: An Introduction to the Classics (BBC) ePub download

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It is an excellent general introduction to the Greeks that is funny, lively, and never takes itself too seriously. From the first line of the introduction it was clearly not going to be like any other book on the classics I had ever read. It is funny, factual - I loved the bit about Parson's Pleasure -,engaging, thoroughly entertaining and very informative.

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Greek history, drama, science, philosophy and art have had a lasting effect on our culture. This book sets out to revive and celebrate some of the lost excitements of what used to be called the Golden Age, and to rediscover a people who, for centuries, were thought to have known best how to live.

Peter France opens up our eyes and our minds to the best of classical Greece and makes the great writers and thinkers - men like Homer, Pythagoras, Socrates, Plato and Heraclitus - human and relevant for us today. Shipping: FREE Within . Destination, rates & speeds. 30 Day Return Policy. ISBN 10: 0140238220 ISBN 13: 9780140238228.

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Peter France spent the first 15 years of his working life as a civil servant in the Fiji Islands. His most recent books are The Rape of Egypt and Greek as a Treat. After a spell as an academic, he joined the BBC, first in radio where he launched and presented Kaleidoscope, and later in television, where he wrote and presented programmes such as Everyman and Timewatch. He lives in Devon but spends much of his time on the Greek island of Patmos.

I purchased the book to prepare myself for a degree in cultural and literary studies. The book is excellent as a beginners book. The only problem is that it is too small for the range it covers. The informations are short and almost encyclopedic. If you already know something, and still look for a book to help you understand theory, get separate books for every kind of theory (. get a book on post-structuralism, book on postmodernism et. PS. The book itself was poorly made.

This is a rediscovery of a people who for centuries were thought to have known best how to live. In art, science, medicine, politics, philosophy, sport, drama and history the Greeks invented new ideas and set standards of beauty and excellence which have influenced and inspired the world and which in many cases have never been surpassed. Peter France opens up our eyes and our minds to the best of classical Greece and makes the great writers and thinkers - men like Homer, Pythagoras, Socrates, Plato and Heraclitus - human and relevant for us today.
Mohn
I totally agree with all the reviews below. What a pity this book is dropping out of print. It is an excellent general introduction to the Greeks that is funny, lively, and never takes itself too seriously. My one issue with Mr. France is that the translations of Homer, Sophocles, and Aeschylus he recommends are good (Hammond, Rieu, Vellacott, Watling), but what about Fagles? Maybe it is a British thing; but after Fagles' translations, those others simply won't do.
Bukus
As a retired computer industry executive, I have spent seventeen serious years both formally a la carte at Oxford and elsewhere as well as informally studying classical Greek culture, have amassed a library of over four thousand books on this subject, and I only regret that I didn't have Peter France's book as my course outline before I started. The respect that Sir Kenneth Dover and other eminent scholars (and in Dover's case, formerly Oxford) lent Mr. France certainly attests with more authority than I to its value. Its thoroughness, breadth and accuracy of representation of a very complex culture is truly admirable and would have saved me from many lower priority lower yield "roads less traveled".
Kajishakar
I started to read this book expecting a dry and labourious list of past events in ancient Greece and such like. From the first line of the introduction it was clearly not going to be like any other book on the classics I had ever read.
It is funny, factual - I loved the bit about Parson's Pleasure -,engaging, thoroughly entertaining and very informative. You've just got to buy this book.....
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