The Ancient Concept of Progress and Other Essays on Greek Literature and Belief

The Ancient Concept of Progress and Other Essays on Greek Literature and Belief

I The Ancient Concept of Progress " 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

ISBN: 019814377X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 218

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This provocative collection of essays written by the influential Greek scholar E. R. Dodds between 1929 and 1971. represents the wide range of his literary and philosophical interests. Insightful and learned, the essays combine profound scholarship with the lucid humanity of a teacher awareof the special value of Greek studies in the modern world.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Greek Discovery of Politics

The Greek Discovery of Politics

An Ancient Equivalent of the Concept of Progress 1. This chapter is a revised version of my inaugural lecture at the University of Basel on 23 May 1975. The lecture was subsequently delivered at the universities of Bielefeld , Munich ...

Author: Christian Meier

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674362322

Category: History

Page: 305

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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.
Categories: History

The Education of Desire

The Education of Desire

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

ISBN: STANFORD:36105037865586

Category: Religion

Page: 395

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Categories: Religion

Monad to Man

Monad to Man

This is an enterprising and highly original account of the history of evolutionary biology.

Author: Michael Ruse

Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press

ISBN: UOM:39015040346069

Category: Science

Page: 628

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In interviews with today's major figures in evolutionary biology--including Stephen Jay Gould, E. O. Wilson, Ernst Mayr, and John Maynard Smith--Ruse offers an unparalleled account of evolutionary theory, from popular books to museums to the most complex theorizing, at a time when its status as science is under greater scrutiny than ever before.
Categories: Science

Hippocrates On Ancient Medicine

Hippocrates On Ancient Medicine

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

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789047405016

Category: History


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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.
Categories: History

Antiquity Matters

Antiquity Matters

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

ISBN: 9780300231748

Category: History

Page: 368

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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.
Categories: History

Medea and Other Plays

Medea and Other Plays

267 you will be right to exact vengeance from your husband : the Chorus , like all ancient Greeks , accept the revenge ethic . ... see E. R. Dodds , The Greeks and the Ancient Concept of Progress ( Oxford , 1973 ) , ch . 10 .

Author: Euripides

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780192656018

Category: Drama

Page: 273

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`the most tragic of the poets' Aristotle Euripides was one of the most popular and controversial of all Greek tragedians, and his plays are marked by an independence of thought, ingenious dramatic devices, and a subtle variety of register and mood. He is also remarkable for the prominence he gave to female characters, whether heroines of virtue or vice. In the ethically shocking Medea, the first known child-killing mother in Greek myth to perform the deed in cold blood manipulates her world in order to wreak vengeance on her treacherous husband. Hippolytus sees Phaedra's confession of her passion for her stepson herald disaster, while Electra's heroine helps her brother murder their mother in an act that mingles justice and sin. Lastly, lighter in tone, the satyr drama, Helen, is an exploration of the impossibility of certitude as brilliantly paradoxical as the three famous tragedies. This new translation does full justice to Euripides's range of tone and gift for narrative. A lucid introduction provides substantial analysis of each play, complete with vital explanations of the traditions and background to Euripides's world. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
Categories: Drama