Sunday, September 11, 2005

Ancient Greece

Never before or since have so few people achieved so much in so little time.

The achievement is the laying of the foundation of the western civilization.

It includes the invention of -new- fields such as history, science, philosophy, medicine and drama, and radical advances in fields such as geometry and sculpture.

The view of man underlying the Ancient Greek civilization is a beacon that
was powerful enough to inspire the rebirth of a civilization--even when
glimpsed through the dense fog of centuries of dark ages. Today, the brilliance of the beacon persists--as anyone who has savored the works of Archimedes, Aristotle, Sophocles or Phidias can attest.

TIA Daily reader Andrew Layman has compiled an exceptional list of resources
for studying Ancient Greece.

"These books outline the magnificent Greek achievement. They appear in a
suggested order of reading, starting with some basic surveys of Greek history and culture, then introducing art to help concretize the Greek worldview, then moving to histories and other works in chronological order."

-- Shrikant Rangnekar

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