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The Oldest Dead White European Males: And Other Reflections on the…

av Bernard Knox

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"In this illuminating book, Bernard Knox raises questions both fundamental and timely: Should the ancient Greeks - "the oldest dead white European males " - and all they stand for be kept alive in our collective memory? Is their legacy at all relevant to the way we live now?" "Multiculturalism and its accompanying reevaluation of Western history and culture have brought with them a heightened sense of the strangeness - the "otherness" - of the Greeks. Modern scholarship has relentlessly exposed the blind adoration of earlier generations and concentrated, in Knox's words, on "the dark underside of what the Victorians hailed as the Greek Miracle." So much of what the Greeks were and did seems, today, positively alien at best. (In the title essay Knox explores the ritual of sacrifice, the Greek sense of self, the institution of slavery, and the inferior position of women in Greek society.)" "Yet for all their flaws, the ancient Greeks literally invented philosophy, the theater, the concept of a national literature, competitive athletics, political theory, rhetoric and oratory, biology, zoology, atomic theory - one could go on. And through the Sophists they invented the very idea of the humanities, a group of studies that came into being "as an education for democracy, a training in free citizenship."" "We cannot simply discard what the recent critical examination of the ancient Greeks has unearthed. But we cannot at the same time forget - and Bernard Knox brings his immense learning and crystalline prose to bear in helping all of us remember - their astonishing originality, their central importance, and all that we have learned (and continue to learn) from them."--BOOK JACKET.… (mer)
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In Nederlandse vertaling: "De oudste dode blanke Europeanen".
  Peripathetikos | Dec 12, 2013 |
Much as I love Knox, this is actually inessential. A little defensive in parts and doesn't say anything you didn't already know. Why should we read the classics? Because they have awesome fight scenes, shut up. ( )
  AlCracka | Apr 2, 2013 |
Verzameling lezingen. Boeiend en interessant, maar het lost de verwachtingen van de titel zeker niet in. ( )
  bookomaniac | Jul 29, 2010 |
Interesting. The philosophy got a little deep occasionally (OK, I don't usually read philosophy at all), but his notion of just how deep the roots of our current American/Western culture are in ancient Greece was very interesting. And now I want to read some of those Greek plays - I have some, never got around to reading them.

Oh, and only one of the three essays/speeches that made up the book was specifically about defending the notion that DWEM have something to contribute nowadays - the other two, and the foreword, mostly focused on _how_ they do, not _whether_ they do. Made it more interesting - both sides of that argument tend to get a bit strident. ( )
  jjmcgaffey | Jun 26, 2008 |
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"In this illuminating book, Bernard Knox raises questions both fundamental and timely: Should the ancient Greeks - "the oldest dead white European males " - and all they stand for be kept alive in our collective memory? Is their legacy at all relevant to the way we live now?" "Multiculturalism and its accompanying reevaluation of Western history and culture have brought with them a heightened sense of the strangeness - the "otherness" - of the Greeks. Modern scholarship has relentlessly exposed the blind adoration of earlier generations and concentrated, in Knox's words, on "the dark underside of what the Victorians hailed as the Greek Miracle." So much of what the Greeks were and did seems, today, positively alien at best. (In the title essay Knox explores the ritual of sacrifice, the Greek sense of self, the institution of slavery, and the inferior position of women in Greek society.)" "Yet for all their flaws, the ancient Greeks literally invented philosophy, the theater, the concept of a national literature, competitive athletics, political theory, rhetoric and oratory, biology, zoology, atomic theory - one could go on. And through the Sophists they invented the very idea of the humanities, a group of studies that came into being "as an education for democracy, a training in free citizenship."" "We cannot simply discard what the recent critical examination of the ancient Greeks has unearthed. But we cannot at the same time forget - and Bernard Knox brings his immense learning and crystalline prose to bear in helping all of us remember - their astonishing originality, their central importance, and all that we have learned (and continue to learn) from them."--BOOK JACKET.

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