The Greeks Who Made Us Who We are: Eighteen Ancient Philosophers, Scientists, Poets and Others

The Greeks Who Made Us Who We are: Eighteen Ancient Philosophers, Scientists, Poets and Others


By (author) M. A. Soupios

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  • Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 248 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 226mm x 20mm | 862g
  • Publication date: 30 April 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Jefferson, NC
  • ISBN 10: 0786472731
  • ISBN 13: 9780786472734
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Sales rank: 1,727,018

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The Hellenic contributions to Western Civilization are acknowledged by all, but the details of this endowment are often poorly understood and under-appreciated. This volume is intended as a remedy for these shortcomings. In particular, it seeks to disclose two distinctive features of Western culture uniquely attributable to the ancient Greeks: a human-centered worldview that elevated humans to the threshold of divinity and a philosophical temperament which for the first time in history proffered unbridled operation of the human mind as a kind of cultural imperative. These features are demonstrated by a detailed examination of 18 seminal thinkers who left lasting impressions in such fields as ethics, medicine, religion, politics, poetry and art. Collectively, the efforts of these individuals helped establish a unique cultural pedigree unlike any other in world history. They invested the West with that restless, intrepid habit of mind that remains the hallmark of Western civilisation to this day.

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Author information

M.A. Soupios is a professor of political philosophy and economics at Long Island University, Post Campus in Brookville, New York, USA.