Of particular importance are the prime numbers, the "building blocks" of our number system. Mary Beard I already knew, as she's quite a public personality, but the way in which the book is structured is surprising. The increased consideration of inequality both in ancient history and in the history of how the classics have been studied in the years since the book's publication makes even the conscientious acknowledgement of this seem a mere sop, at times. That's the cube. These books give the reader a great introduction to some of the most fascinating topics known to man. Looking at Goethe's poetry, novels, and drama pieces, as well as his travel writing, autobiography, and essays on art and aesthetics, Robertson analyzes some of the key themes in his works: love, nature, religion, and tragedy. However, the later chapters I found much more intriguing and useful. Kierkegaard: A Very Short Introduction by Patrick Gardiner Soren Kierkegaard (1813-55) wrote widely on religious, psychological, and literary themes. And yet, Beard's dull narrative gives the impression that the classical world is essentially as mundane as her own use of the English language, which it certainly isn't. Please try again. English, Release date: No Kindle device required. The final chapter is very readable. Apart from a quibble about what I think was, I got this one solely because it was co-written by Mary Beard, one of the foremost classicists today, and often wryly funny. In the 19th century it was a free-floating concept that traveled to Eastern Europe and the United States. I'd known little of his thoughts and still more less of his life aside from the derogatory stigmas that chase him around thanks to the Marxist mutations found in the likes of Stalin and Lenin. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. or 1 credit, Release date: Beard uses a small temple in rural Arcadia to ask and answer questions that are integral to the study of the classics. Not much time for humor here, but an interesting way of organizing things--describing a temple in Greece and then coming at it from a number of different directions in order to illuminate the history and development of classical studies itself, mythology, ancient religion, ancient travel and geography, philosophy, and literature. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. There are 0 reviews and 0 ratings from Canada, Fast, FREE delivery, video streaming, music, and much more. For 300 years the ghetto defined Jewish culture in the late medieval and early modern period in Western Europe. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. transitional silent film, I always thought that the classical world is a storehouse of good ideas for people to raid. This boxed set gives a great introduction to five key subjects: politics, mathematics, philosophy, psychology, and history. Most importantly, there isn't a definition of classics, as the term is used and the field studied. Reviewed in the United States on December 25, 2008. She says it, Thanks Mary Beard, I yawned myself to shit. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. Alex Wyndham, By: But they never tell me what classics IS as a field or WHY I should study it! by Oxford University Press. Please try again. To create our... To see what your friends thought of this book. Silent Film: A Very Short Introduction covers the full span of the silent era, touching on films and filmmakers from every corner of the globe and focusing on how the public experienced these films. I always wondered where it came from, since it sounds like Virgil but isn't. Purpose of a Short Report. However I found that this chapter in particular helped explain things, or at least made things clearer. $19.95 There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Discussing philosophy's ability to clarify our thoughts, he explains why such clarification depends on the development of philosophical theories, and how those theories can be tested by imaginative thought experiments, and compared against each other by standards similar to those used in the natural and social sciences. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. Please try your request again later. Stephen Eric Bronner, Narrated by: in which few could know and understand thoroughly. $17.49 This was, in no small part, due to Singer's wise navigation through Marx's life, philosophical development, and large output of ideas. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. This book bills itself as “a very short introduction” to the Classics. “When we look, for example, at the Parthenon for the first time, we look at it already knowing that generations of architects chose precisely that style of building for the museums, town-halls, and banks of most of our major cities.”, “Classics is a subject that exists in that gap between us and the word of the Greeks and Romans. This very short introduction offers listeners a superb overview of the teachings of the Buddha, as well as a succinct guide to the integration of Buddhism into daily life. It did the job, it explains who Marx was and what Marxism is. Reviewed in the United States on August 6, 2008. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. I thought wrong. Chris MacDonnell, By: Considering some of the eye-opening examples that led mathematicians to recognize a need for studying topology, he pays homage to the historical people, problems, and surprises that have propelled the growth of this field. 06-16-20, Release date: Keywords: $14.95, Sale price: In this Very Short Introduction audiobook, the renowned philosopher Roger Scruton explores the concept of beauty, asking what makes an object - either in art, in nature, or the human form - beautiful and examining how we can compare differing judgments of beauty when it is evident all around us that our tastes vary so widely. Donald Wright, Narrated by: Anthony Stevens, Narrated by: what periods are studied, the geo-political landscape broadly sketched out, and prominent figure. 10-01-20, Language: In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading. Robin Wilson, Narrated by: University of Texas at Austin Having recently read a New Yorker article about how much random stuff you can learn from this collection, I decided to start it from the beginning. Publication date 2017-02-21 Topics Very Short Introductions, Short Introductions, Introductions, Books, Collection Collection opensource Language English.