The best introduction I have ever read to Ancient Greece. The author’s liveliness of mind and style has enabled him to make a mass of information. More by H.D.F. Kitto. Poiesis: Structure and Thought (Sather Classical Lectures). H.D.F. Kitto. from: $ Form and Meaning in Drama. H.D.F. Kitto. from: $ H. D. F. Kitto Humphrey Davy Findley Kitto, FBA (6 February – 21 January ) was a British classical scholar of Cornish ancestry. He was born in Stroud, .

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A hugely impressive, revelatory read.

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The first thing to note is that it is outdated, it doesn’t even take account of The Decipherment of Linear B which was I suppose breaking news as Kitto was writing. Magister Domus Scte Helene —? Here we have history written not by an archaeologist, but by a classicist whose head is brimming over with the life of his subject, who knows not only their stories but their language.

As an introduction to Classical Greece, I can’t think of anything better. It was useful, and is an excellent survey book, if you are a fan of the primacy of Greek Culture over the other strains that Given its military pre-eminence, Sparta was recognized as the leading force of the unified Greek military during the Greco-Persian Wars.

They fostered a sense of unity in themselves and evolved “a totally new conception of what human life was for”. The Greeks serves as an introduction to the whole range of life in ancient Greece and established Kitto as one of the foremost Grecian scholars of his time.


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Certainly if he were alive today, Kitto would be in awe of the new scientific methods that have brought to us long lost manuscripts and means of analysis. This struck me as odd.

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Now over sixty years old, is it still worth reading? I read this book to find out where my classmates would be starting from. Secretary of State — List of people from Gloucestershire topic A list of notable people from the county of Gloucestershire: Member feedback about Laconophilia: Life He was born to Laurence and Alice Gomme, noted folklore experts.

The book includes an intensive study of the classical period, and provides an illuminating view of the Greek mind, myths and religion, life and character. While the two groups are not direct comparable I am sure that those you who out under the earlier group greatly appreciated their gentlemanly conduct.

Originally published on my blog here The Greeks kitgo long been touted as the best basic introduction to the culture of ancient Greece, where the foundations for much of the way we think and live today were laid but which still can seem strangely alien from a viewpoint two and a half millennia years later. I was positively impressed by this book.

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At one point his Philoathenianism went too far when he cited an incident early in the Peloponnesian War from Thucydides. Learn more about Amazon Prime. She currently kutto in Sweden.