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The Greeks [Reading] ➹ The Greeks By H.D.F. Kitto – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk The Greeks were extraordinary not least because they evolved a totally new conception of what human life was for Elaborating on that claim, the author explores the life, culture and history of classic The Greeks were extraordinary not least because they evolved a totally new conception of what human life was for Elaborating on that claim, the author explores the life, culture and history of classical Greece.

  • Paperback
  • 256 pages
  • The Greeks
  • H.D.F. Kitto
  • English
  • 07 December 2018
  • 0140135219

About the Author: H.D.F. Kitto

Humphrey Davy Findley Kitto, FBA was a British classical scholar of Cornish ancestryHe was educated at The Crypt School, Gloucester, and St John s College, Cambridge He wrote his doctorate in at the University of Bristol He became a lecturer in Greek at the University of Glasgow from to On that year, he returned to the University of Bristol where he became Professor of Greek and emeritus in He concentrated on studies of Greek tragedy, especially translations of the works of SophoclesAfter his retirement, he taught at College Year in Athens CYA , a study abroad program for foreign students in Athens, Greece.



10 thoughts on “The Greeks

  1. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    The Greeks, Humphrey Davy Findley KittoThe Greeks is a 1951 non fiction book on classical Greece by University of Bristol professor and translator H D F Kitto 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 Chapters Introduction, The Formation of the Greek People, The Country, Homer, The Polis, Classical Greece The Early Period, Classical Greece The Fifth Century, The Greeks at Wa The Greeks, Humphrey Davy Findley KittoThe Greeks is a 1951 non fiction book on classical Greece by University of Bristol professor and translator H D F Kitto 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 Chapters Introduction, The Formation of the Greek People, The Country, Homer, The Polis, Classical Greece The Early Period, Classical Greece The Fifth Century, The Greeks at War, The Decline of the Polis, The Greek Mind, Myth and Religion, Life and Character, Index 1992 1370 437 146 20 1985

  2. Jan-Maat Jan-Maat says:

    Hmm What is there to say about a 1950 s book that deals with the ancient Athenians and a few other related peoples 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 Well he has a good guess that those Mycenaean tablets would be administrative documents so perhaps his preference to abide with Homer is understandable, but a comparison with Oswyn Murray s slightlyrecent Early Gr Hmm What is there to say about a 1950 s book that deals with the ancient Athenians and a few other related peoples 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 Well he has a good guess that those Mycenaean tablets would be administrative documents so perhaps his preference to abide with Homer is understandable, but a comparison with Oswyn Murray s slightlyrecent Early Greece brings out somesubstantive differences much less archaeology, no anthropological perspectives, a tendency to take the sources at face value even in the case of Thucydides who was good enough to tell us that he made up at least some of the speeches in his history.Like Murray s book it is mostly a book about Athens, and in places both are largely rephrasing Herodotus Not that either is a bad thing, it s just what is possible to discuss Kitto goes a little further chronologically down to the advent of the Macedonians compared to the beginning of the the Persian Wars in Murray What caught my eye was Kitto s comparison of Athens with the Britain of the 1950s, something that seemed particularly marked in the middle of the book Kitto doesn t like mowing the lawn, shaving, or wearing a suit, envious of the bearded Athenian donning the blanket he slept under as a garment This struck me as odd Surely if anyone could get away with wearing a blanket in 1950s Britain it would be an elderly Professor of Cornish extraction in the Classics department of a University Evidently Kitto didn t feel quite the same way about things I don t personally feel there is much to be gained for berating 1950s Britain for not being fourth century BC Athens, but reading you do feel Kitto s passion for his subject.Some of his comparisons struck me as false Athenian theatre with modern cinema for one, perhaps once cinema has been winnowed by two thousand years andand we are left with the wheat of the few dozen films that survive, the two can be fairly contrasted Naturally if you put some sequel made for accountancy reasons in the ring together with something by Sophocles you can imagine which will be soonest up against the ropes.Another curiosity is his view of ancient Tyrants as gentlemen, which lives me wondering how in a couple of thousand years time the tyrants of our own time will be seen While the two groups are not direct comparable I am sure that those who survived under the earlier group greatly appreciated their gentlemanly conduct.At one point his Philoathenianism went too far when he cited an incident early in the Peloponnesian War from Thucydides The Spartans busy ravaging Attica and the Athenians crazy with rage, eager to grab their spears and inquire of any passing Spartan if, perchance, he felt fortunate that day However Pericles prevented an assembly from being called, giving time for tempers to cool This Kitto finds as evidence of Greek Common Sense Evidence of Pericles wisdom, yes, but the Athenian common sense on that occasion was to rush out to battle view spoiler In this he seems a little like Boris Johnson hide spoiler Likewise he complains about the want of Demosthenes in 1930s Britain Then again I suppose had Demosthenes been an active politician in 1930s Britain rather than in Ancient Athens things might have worked out better all round, but given he reached the wrong conclusion in his own time, he s a role model to be wary of.For the rest he does make clear that this book is a personal opinion He is surprisingly comfortable with slavery in Athens, for him it was a social acceptable sacrifice much like road deaths in our own times, and he has an interesting defence of the position of, presumably largely upper class, women in Athens view spoiler I ll leave to you to decide if or how far you are convinced by it hide spoiler Then again, he describes the then Orthodox view that Athenian women lived in oriental seclusion , but the point about seclusion is that we don t know what happens behind closed doors, or quite what the gender dynamic is Nor am I sure that a comparison with late Victorian Britain suggests that Athenian women were much better off than whatever oriental seclusion is meant to imply In any case I m also interested in the girls from the market hired out as chaperones to wealthier women, their status apparently didn t require their seclusion Still it is witty, readable, and interesting Not a bad introductory book, but it is clearly showing it s age view spoiler particularly I thought in it s casual use of the word race as in British race , which is so odd and distinctly a concept of a different time that it requires a book all of it s own hide spoiler

  3. Tatiana Tatiana says:

    This book is the one that really caught my imagination and fired me up about the Greeks Kitto has a truly infectious love of the era and the people to whom we owe so much of what we now call our civilization Always interesting, at times he takes my breath away and brings tears to my eyes How I would have loved to have him as a teacher To him I trace my passion for The Iliad and my love for Homer in general I also gained an appreciation for how terse an expressive languages can be which have This book is the one that really caught my imagination and fired me up about the Greeks Kitto has a truly infectious love of the era and the people to whom we owe so much of what we now call our civilization Always interesting, at times he takes my breath away and brings tears to my eyes How I would have loved to have him as a teacher To him I trace my passion for The Iliad and my love for Homer in general I also gained an appreciation for how terse an expressive languages can be which have many cases Word order becomes quite free and allows emphasis to be placed easily, since the place of subject, object, direct object etc are noted by these declensions An example in English might be the line They run from me that sometime did me seek It s quite expressive to end with and emphasize the word seek here, which is only possible because me is automatically the object being sought In English we retain a few of these cases in pronouns only Languages like Greek and Russian, I just discovered have them on manywords including nouns, adjectives, etc It gives them the ability to express things very powerfully and concisely.Anyway, this is one of my favorite books of all time, and I m so grateful to Kitto for introducing me to and infecting me with his love of the Hellenic world

  4. Paul Christensen Paul Christensen says:

    A great short book on Ancient Greece,Though the Mycenae section is obsolete,And the waffling on the status of women should ceaseAfter two paragraphs, not twenty leafs.But the general tenor of Kitto s pieceShines strongly, like the Golden Fleece It may just set your soul at peace A minor historical masterpiece.

  5. Zachary G. Augustine Zachary G. Augustine says:

    If you re going to read one book about Classical Greece then this is it It s lively writing by a sassy Englishman Kitto makes every aspect of Greek culture accessible and relevant The Greeks were obsessed with the idea of natural unity and wholeness It was the duty of every Athenian to be soldier, politician, family member, and stock holder A Greek man was not a man at all if he neglected any aspect of his physical, mental, spiritual, or moral being Everything he does strives for virtue an If you re going to read one book about Classical Greece then this is it It s lively writing by a sassy Englishman Kitto makes every aspect of Greek culture accessible and relevant The Greeks were obsessed with the idea of natural unity and wholeness It was the duty of every Athenian to be soldier, politician, family member, and stock holder A Greek man was not a man at all if he neglected any aspect of his physical, mental, spiritual, or moral being Everything he does strives for virtue and honour for the greater good of the polis This is not to say that the Greeks celebrated excess There is a beauty is how they focus and control their energy, as evidenced in their strong yet minimal architecture and bare bones conception of drama Starting with the Dorian Invasion and covering the Trojan Homeric , Persian All of Greece on the Defensive , and Peloponnesian Wars Athens v Sparta up until the eventual conquests of Alexander, it s actually a quick read It sof a thematic collection of essays that roughly corresponds to the timeline of three main wars The meat of the classical history is presented in an excellent adaption of the Greek historians in Chapters 7 9, The Fifth Century, The Greeks At War, and The Decline of the Polis, respectively All three Chapters taken together show nearly the full arc of Athenian Democracy its rise to a free and prosperous society of modern proportions and subsequent decay in only one sitting Chapter 10 on the Greek Mind presents a fantastic picture of the rationality and passion present in all aspects of Greek life From war, civil life, and politics, to art, science, and philosophy, the Greeks reinvented it all through careful balance They fostered a sense of unity in themselves and evolved a totally new conception of what human life was for Likewise, Kitto produced a self contained and vibrant history The book functions as a unified whole on every level Its very essence is Greek

  6. Nicky Nicky says:

    Reviewed for The Bibliophibian.This book is kind of outdated in its information and definitely so in many of its attitudes, but nonetheless it remains a bit of a classic I think that s mostly because of the author s sheer enthusiasm for the people about whom he writes, their land and their customs I studied Athenian democracy in excruciating detail for a Classics A Level, but Kitto manages to actually get excited about it, to show all the best things about it and the way the Greeks behaved and Reviewed for The Bibliophibian.This book is kind of outdated in its information and definitely so in many of its attitudes, but nonetheless it remains a bit of a classic I think that s mostly because of the author s sheer enthusiasm for the people about whom he writes, their land and their customs I studied Athenian democracy in excruciating detail for a Classics A Level, but Kitto manages to actually get excited about it, to show all the best things about it and the way the Greeks behaved and thought It s mostly about the Athenians, honestly you can consider the two basically synonymous in this book Kitto does talk about the Spartans, for instance, but with significantly less approval and interest.Kitto s style is mostly engaging due to his enthusiasm, but I do warn that he quotes extensively from various sources rather than summarising them, he lets them stand for themselves to illustrate his points this can get tiresome.Just as a warning, though, if you were thinking of picking this up though I do think there s something charming about Kitto s complete adoration of the Athenian people, he definitely held some less than charming opinions about the place of women and the treatment of slaves he thought that most things were justified because it allowed the Athenians to have their genuine democracy which just so happened to exclude much of the population

  7. Stephanie Stephanie says:

    Extremely biased and includes a heavy dose of misogyny

  8. Spike Gomes Spike Gomes says:

    This book is a lovely throwback to how general history used to be written, with humor, with rambling asides, with acknowledgements of personal bias, and with an utter devotion and passion for the subject at hand Contrast this to modern scholarship, in which subject matter is often written about in a manner that is clinically dry at best and utterly disdainful of both the topic and its context at worse This isn t a book written by scholars for scholars It s pretty much a generalist s overview This book is a lovely throwback to how general history used to be written, with humor, with rambling asides, with acknowledgements of personal bias, and with an utter devotion and passion for the subject at hand Contrast this to modern scholarship, in which subject matter is often written about in a manner that is clinically dry at best and utterly disdainful of both the topic and its context at worse This isn t a book written by scholars for scholars It s pretty much a generalist s overview of Classical Greece and its culture written for the educated layman There s a lot of editorializing that goes on, but fortunately, it adds to the charm, and to be honest, he actually repeats what a lotmodern cultural critics have noticed about the movement towards Imperial and expansionist ambitions being the downfall of a flourishing culture Some may grouse about old fashioned Kitto s style is and how willing he is to explain away the flaws of ancient Greece, completely missing out on his opening note that the ancient Greek would have found himself, the modern, to be uncivilized due to his own personal physical softness compared the Greek ideal of citizen being a well rounded person, as able to march 20 miles across rough country in war and plow his stead in peace as to recite from Homer and debate in the agora In short context always matters, then as in the present.The only real flaw is that the book can ramble on odd tangents for quite a bit before it gets back to the meat of things that and the fact that as a book from the 50s, some of its understandings about things such as the Dorian invasions and the Greek Dark Ages are a bit dated in the light of newer archeological evidence 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 It s rather sad that historians and educators of his caliber are very thin on the ground now 4.5 out of 5 stars

  9. Darran Mclaughlin Darran Mclaughlin says:

    Marvelous, brief, witty but serious introduction to ancient Greece Kitto is obviously in love with his subject and his enthusiasm carries his readers with him The author is an old fashioned, no nonsense cultivated man who leavens the book with waspish asides and donnish humour He isn t afraid of expounding partisan views or to argue against what seems to bewidely accepted points of view He argues that the notion that the slavery that existed in Greece resembled our modern idea of slave Marvelous, brief, witty but serious introduction to ancient Greece Kitto is obviously in love with his subject and his enthusiasm carries his readers with him The author is an old fashioned, no nonsense cultivated man who leavens the book with waspish asides and donnish humour He isn t afraid of expounding partisan views or to argue against what seems to bewidely accepted points of view He argues that the notion that the slavery that existed in Greece resembled our modern idea of slavery is nonsense, that the idea Greeks disdained all manual occupations is false, as was the idea that Greek women were kept in a state of Oriental seclusion and were treated contemptuously by the men He covers much of the history and culture of ancient Greece from the possible origins of where and when they arrived, presenting a theory that the Ionians and the Dorics arrived at different times and superseded the native people He discusses the alternative political systems in operation from King Minos to Alexander, the nature of their religion, character, language, arts and crafts His discussion on the tragic dramatists makes me want to read them soon I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to gain a greater understanding of ancient Greece

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