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The Greeks who made us who we are : eighteen ancient philosophers, scientists, poets and others /
M.A. Soupios.
imprint
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, [2013], c2013
description
vii, 239 p. ; 23 cm
ISBN
0786472731 (softcover : acid free paper), 9780786472734 (softcover : acid free paper)
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imprint
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, [2013], c2013
isbn
0786472731 (softcover : acid free paper)
9780786472734 (softcover : acid free paper)
contents note
Homer (mid to late 8th century B.C.) : founder of western humanism -- Solon (630-560 B.C.) : poet, lawgiver, statesman -- Thales (early 6th century) : father of western science -- Sappho (612-580 B.C.) : poet on fire -- Pythagoras (mid-500s-496 B.C.) : mystic mathematician -- Parmenides (born c. 515 B.C.) : father of metaphysics and logic -- Themistocles (524-459 B.C.) : savior of the western world Phidias (490-430 B.C.) : lord of western aesthetics -- Gorgias (483-376 B.C.) : master of the word -- Socrates (469-399 B.C.) : iconoclast and moral revolutionary -- Thucydides (460-399 B.C.) : true father of history -- Plato (427-347 B.C.) : fountainhead of western philosophy -- Aristotle (384-322 B.C.) : polymathic genius -- Alexander the Great (356-323 B.C.) : disseminator of Greek culture -- Epicurus (341-270 B.C.) : physicist and ethician -- Zeno (335-263 B.C.) : stoic sage -- Galen (A.D. 129-199) : physician, scientist, philosopher --
abstract
"In particular, it seeks to disclose two distinctive features of Western culture uniquely attributable to the ancient Greeks: A human-centered worldview that elevated humans to the threshold of divinity and a philosophical temperament which for the first time in history proffered unbridled operation of the human mind as a kind of cultural imperative"--Provided by publisher.
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9083972
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
M. A. Soupios is a professor of political philosophy at Long Island University-Post in Brookville, New York.
Summaries
Main Description
The Hellenic contributions to Western Civilization are acknowledged by all, but the details of this endowment are often poorly understood and under-appreciated. This volume is intended as a remedy for these shortcomings. In particular, it seeks to disclose two distinctive features of Western culture uniquely attributable to the ancient Greeks: A human-centered worldview that elevated humans to the threshold of divinity and a philosophical temperament which for the first time in history proffered unbridled operation of the human mind as a kind of cultural imperative. These features are demonstrated by a detailed examination of 18 seminal thinkers who left lasting impressions in such fields as ethics, medicine, religion, politics, poetry and art. Collectively, the efforts of these individuals helped establish a unique cultural pedigree unlike any other in world history. They invested the West with that restless, intrepid habit of mind that remains the hallmark of Western civilization to this day.
Main Description
Hellenic contributions to Western Civilization are acknowledged by all, but the details of their endowment are under-appreciated. This volume seeks to disclose two distinctive features of Western culture uniquely attributable to the ancient Greeks: A human-centered worldview that elevated humans to the threshold of divinity and a philosophical temperament which for the first time in history proffered the unbridled operation of the human mind as a kind of cultural imperative.Eighteen seminal thinkers who left lasting impressions in such fields as ethics, medicine, religion, politics, poetry and art are examined in detail. The efforts of these individuals helped establish a unique cultural pedigree unlike any other in world history. They invested the West with that restless, intrepid habit of mind that remains the hallmark of Western civilization to this day.
Library of Congress Summary
"In particular, it seeks to disclose two distinctive features of Western culture uniquely attributable to the ancient Greeks: A human-centered worldview that elevated humans to the threshold of divinity and a philosophical temperament which for the first time in history proffered unbridled operation of the human mind as a kind of cultural imperative"--Provided by publisher.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. vi
Prefacep. 1
Homer (Mid to Late 8th Century B.C.): Founder of Western Humanismp. 5
Solon (630-560 B.C.): Poet, Lawgiver, Statesmanp. 11
Thales (Early 6th Century): Father of Western Sciencep. 22
Sappho (612-580 B.C.): Poet on Firep. 32
Pythagoras (Mid-500s-496 B.C.): Mystic Mathematicianp. 49
Parmenides (Born c. 515 B.C.): Father of Metaphysics and Logicp. 57
Themistocles (524-459 B.C.): Savior of the Western Worldp. 66
Phidias (490-430 B.C.): Lord of Western Aestheticsp. 70
Gorgias (483-376 B.C.): Master of the Wordp. 87
Socrates (469-399 B.C.): Iconoclast and Moral Revolutionaryp. 98
Thucydides (460-399 B.C.): True Father of Historyp. 103
Plato (427-347 B.C.): Fountainhead of Western Philosophyp. 131
Aristotle (384-322 B.C.): Polymathic Geniusp. 138
Alexander the Great (356-323 B.C.): Disseminator of Greek Culturep. 147
Epicurus (341-270 B.C.): Physicist and Ethicianp. 159
Zeno (335-263 B.C.): Stoic Sagep. 172
Galen (A.D. 129-199): Physician, Scientist, Philosopherp. 192
Plotinus (A.D. 205-270): Mystic Philosopherp. 203
Indexp. 231
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