Paideia: In Search of the Divine Centre v.2: The Ideals of Greek Culture

Paideia: In Search of the Divine Centre v.2: The Ideals of Greek Culture

Paperback Paideia, the Ideals of Greek Culture

By (author) Werner Jaeger, Translated by Gilbert Highet


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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 464 pages
  • Dimensions: 134mm x 202mm x 25mm | 567g
  • Publication date: 1 June 1989
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0195040473
  • ISBN 13: 9780195040470
  • Edition: 2
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised ed.
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 407,830

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"[Paideia] is intended for the general reader, and it is probably God's gift to educators, because it conveys to the reader, in a clear and attractive form, covering the ground comprehensively, a conception of the central point of view in Hellenic society and culture."--Edmund Wilson, The New Yorker"The most illuminating work I have ever read on Greece."--Edith Hamilton, The New York Times Book Review.

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The project of Greek culture in its heroic period was the creation of the perfect state-a goal that seemed within reach in the Athens of the fifth century B.C. But with the fall of Athens that prospect evaporated, and the result, which Werner Jaeger describes in this second volume of his magisterial three-volume study of Hellenism, was the spiritualizing of Greek culture-'the search for the divine centre.' Jaeger traces the growth of this new power in human culture from its early beginnings in the teachings of Socrates, to its natural climax in Plato's Republic.