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The Greek View of Life

Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson (1862-1932)

1. 01 - Chapter I: The Greek View of Religion. Section 1 - Introductory
2. 02 - I.2 Greek Religion an Interpretation of Nature
3. 03 - I.3 Greek Religion an Interpretation of the Human Passions
4. 04 - I.4 Greek Religion the Foundation of Society
5. 05 - I.5 Religious Festivals
6. 06 - I.6 The Greek Conception of the Relation of Man to the Gods
7. 07 - I.7 Divination, Omens, Oracles
8. 08 - I.8 Sacrifice and Atonement
9. 09 - I.9 Guilt and Punishment
10. 10 - I.10 Mysticism
11. 11 - I.11 The Greek View of Death and a Future Life
12. 12 - I.12 Critical and Sceptical Opinion in Greece
13. 13 - I.13 Ethical Criticism
14. 14 - I.14 Transition to Monotheism
15. 15 - I.15 Metaphysical Criticism
16. 16 - I.16 Metaphysical Reconstruction - Plato
17. 17 - I.17 Summary
18. 18 - Chapter II: The Greek View of the State. Section 1 - The Greek State a 'City'
19. 19 - II.2 The Relation of the State to the Citizen
20. 20 - II.3 The Greek View of Law
21. 21 - II.4 Artisans and Slaves
22. 22 - II.5 The Greek State Primarily Military, not Industrial
23. 23 - II.6 Forms of Government in the Greek State
24. 24 - II.7 Faction and Anarchy
25. 25 - II.8 Property and the Communistic Ideal
26. 26 - II.9 Sparta
27. 27 - II.10 Athens
28. 28 - II.11 Sceptical Criticism of the Basis of the State
29. 29 - II.12 Summary
30. 30 - Chapter III: The Greek View of the Individual. Section 1 - The Greek View of Manual Labour and Trade
31. 31 - III.2 Appreciation of External Goods
32. 32 - III.3 Appreciation of Physical Qualities
33. 33 - III.4 Greek Athletics
34. 34 - III.5 Greek Ethics - Identification of the Aesthetic and Ethical Points of View
35. 35 - III.6 The Greek View of Pleasure
36. 36 - III.7 Illustrations - Ischomachus; Socrates
37. 37 - III.8 The Greek View of Woman
38. 38 - III.9 Protests against the Common View of Woman
39. 39 - III.10a Friendship (1)
40. 40 - III.10b Friendship (2)
41. 41 - III.10c Friendship (3)
42. 42 - III.11 Summary
43. 43 - Chapter IV: The Greek View of Art. Section 1 - Greek Art an Expression of National Life
44. 44 - IV.2 Identification of the Aesthetic and Ethical Points of View
45. 45 - IV.3 Sculpture and Painting
46. 46 - IV.4 Music and the Dance
47. 47 - IV.5 Poetry
48. 48 - IV.6a Tragedy (1)
49. 49 - IV.6b Tragedy (2)
50. 50 - IV.7 Comedy
51. 51 - IV.8 Summary
52. 52 - Chapter V: Conclusion

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“With the Greek civilisation beauty perished from the world. Never again has it been possible for man to believe that harmony is in fact the truth of all existence.”This elegantly-written work provides a splendid introduction to the Greeks of the classic period: how they thought, wrote, and organised their lives and loves. Although it dates from the 1890s, there is very little about it that has dated. To its author’s credit, the subject of “Greek love” is dealt with in a sane and factual context - despite the judicial assassination of Oscar Wilde going on in the background.A Cambridge don much admired by his students (including E. M. Forster), Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson belonged to the Apostles, a secret society with a strong ethic of male friendship. Alfred Tennyson and his beloved Arthur Hallam were early members. Dickinson is chiefly remembered as a historian and pacifist who played a significant part in the founding of the League of Nations. Inevitably, given his interests and intellectual background, he became a close associate of the Bloomsbury Group.The Greek View of Life is no dry academic tome. It is a popularizing work in the best sense: accessibly written and illustrated with apt quotations given in sturdy translations, never in the original Greek. It is a joy to read.(Introduction by Martin Geeson)

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