I The Ancient Concept of Progress1 T HE title of this paper begs a question . " The ancients had no conception of progress ; they did not so much as reject the idea ; they did not even entertain the idea . ' So wrote Walter Bagehot in ...
Author: Eric Robertson Dodds
Publisher: Clarendon Press
Category: Literary Criticism
These essays represent the full range of Dodds' literary and philosophical interests, and his ability to combine profound scholarship with the lucid humanity of a teacher convinced of the value of Greek studies to the modern world.
"We may believe in the doctrine of Progress or we may not, but in either case it is a matter of interest to examine the origins and trace the history of what is now, even should it ultimately prove to be no more than an idolum saeculi, the ...
Author: J. B. Bury
Publisher: The Floating Press
"We may believe in the doctrine of Progress or we may not, but in either case it is a matter of interest to examine the origins and trace the history of what is now, even should it ultimately prove to be no more than an idolum saeculi, the animating and controlling idea of western civilisation. For the earthly Progress of humanity is the general test to which social aims and theories are submitted as a matter of course. The phrase CIVILISATION AND PROGRESS has become stereotyped, and illustrates how we have come to judge a civilisation good or bad according as it is or is not progressive. The ideals of liberty and democracy, which have their own ancient and independent justifications, have sought a new strength by attaching themselves to Progress. The conjunctions of "liberty and progress," "democracy and progress," meet us at every turn. Socialism, at an early stage of its modern development, sought the same aid. The friends of Mars, who cannot bear the prospect of perpetual peace, maintain that war is an indispensable instrument of Progress. It is in the name of Progress that the doctrinaires who established the present reign of terror in Russia profess to act. All this shows the prevalent feeling that a social or political theory or programme is hardly tenable if it cannot claim that it harmonises with this controlling idea."
An Ancient Equivalent of the Concept of Progress : The Fifth - Century Consciousness of Ability W HETHER THE ANCIENT world was acquainted with a con- cept of progress has long been a matter of controversy . 1 The question has received a ...
Author: Christian Meier
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Why the Greeks? How did it happen that these people--out of all Mediterranean societies--developed democratic systems of government? The outstanding German historian of the ancient world, Christian Meier, reconstructs the process of political thinking in Greek culture that led to democracy. He demonstrates that the civic identity of the Athenians was a direct precondition for the practical reality of this form of government. Meier shows how the structure of Greek communal life gave individuals a civic role and discusses a crucial reform that institutionalized the idea of equality before the law. In Greek drama--specifically Aeschylus' Oresteia--he finds reflections of the ascendancy of civil law and of a politicizing of life in the city-state. He examines the role of the leader as well as citizen participation in Athenian democracy and describes an ancient equivalent of the idea of social progress. He also contrasts the fifth-century Greek political world with today's world, drawing revealing comparisons. The Greek Discovery of Politics is important reading for ancient historians, classicists, political scientists, and anyone interested in the history of political thought or in the culture of ancient Greece.
Berlin: Walter de Gruyter 1974 Dihle, Albrecht The Theory of Will in Classical Antiquity. Berkeley: University of California Press 1982 Dodds, E.R. 'Euripides the Irrationalist. ' In The Ancient Concept of Progress and Other Essays on ...
Author: Michel Despland
Publisher: Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press
The ancient concept of progress and other essays on Greek literature and belief. Oxford: Clarendon Press. Dover, K. 1968. Aristophanes: Clouds. Edited with introduction and commentary. Oxford: Clarendon Press. Edelstein, L. 1931.
Author: Mark Schiefsky
This volume presents an up-to-date Greek text of the Hippocratic treatise On Ancient Medicine along with a new English translation, a detailed commentary focusing on questions of medical and scientific method, and an introduction that places the work in its intellectual context.
... E.R. The Greeks and the Irrational , Oxford , 1951 The Ancient Concept of Progress , Oxford , 1973 Dunbabin , T.J. The Greeks and their Eastern Neighbours , London , 1957 Durkheim , E. Les formes élémentaires de la vie religieuse ...
Author: R. F. Willetts
Publisher: Univ of California Press
This title is part of UC Press's Voices Revived program, which commemorates University of California Press’s mission to seek out and cultivate the brightest minds and give them voice, reach, and impact. Drawing on a backlist dating to 1893, Voices Revived makes high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarship accessible once again using print-on-demand technology. This title was originally published in 1976.
The routine word for art was technē, meaning skill, of whatever variety (the French métier is similarly used). Technē was the ability to follow ... See E. R. Dodds, The Ancient Concept of Progress (repr. 1973) and Armand D'Angour, ...
Author: Frederic Raphael
Publisher: Yale University Press
A sharp, often surprising, view of the classical world by a major classics scholar at Cambridge and author of The Glittering Prizes This book is the culmination of more than sixty years of a writing life during which Frederic Raphael has returned again and again to the literature and landscape of the ancient world. In his new book, Raphael deploys his renowned wit and erudition to give us a vivid mosaic of the complexities and contradictions underlying Western civilization and its continuing influence upon contemporary society. Tackling a broad range of topics, from the presumed superiority of democracy to the momentum behind today's gay rights movement, Raphael's often daringly heterodox view of the Greek and Roman world will provoke, surprise, and, at the same time, entertain readers. He shows how the interplay of fiction and reality, rhetorical aspiration and practical cunning, are threaded through modern culture.