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1st Edition

The Greek Ideal and Its Survival

ISBN 9781032187037
Published December 31, 2021 by Routledge
148 Pages

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Book Description

Originally published in the UK in 1961 this was an unconventional book when first published but a powerful interpretation of Greek individualism. The author examines the influence of the Greeks on European philosophy, religion, literature, art and architecture and challenges many commonly held assumptions: ‘Those items in the Greek legacy which are most easily recognizable as such are in fact the least important.’

Table of Contents

1. The Legacy and its Distortions 2. Who Were the Greeks? 3. The Heroic Code 4. The Supernatural 5. The Tragic View 6. Man the Measure 7. The Cult of Hellenism 8. Channels to Europe 9. Humanist Revival 10. The Return: Machiavelli and Spinoza.

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Moses Hadas was Jay Professor of Greek at Columbia University, USA.


I know of no other non-technical study which isolates as clearly and accurately as does Hadas’s book, the dominance of competitive and—by Jewish and Christian standards—secular individualism in ancient Greece. Maurice Cohen, Commentary, October 1960