Who killed Homer? : the demise of classical education and the recovery of Greek wisdom

Hanson, Victor Davis
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  • Creator Victor Davis Hanson, John Heath
  • Format Books
  • Contributors
  • Publication New York : Free Press, [1998] ©1998
  • Physical Details
    • xxiii, 290 pages ; 23 cm
  • ISBNs 9780684844534, 0684844532
  • OCLC ocm37862737


  • "Who Killed Homer? argues that if we lose our knowledge of the Greeks, we lose our understanding of who we are. With straightforward advice and informative reading lists, the authors present a highly useful primer for anyone who wants more knowledge of Classics, and thus of the beauty and perils of our own culture." "For over two millennia in the West, familiarity with the literature, art, philosophy, and values of the Classical World has been synonymous with education itself. The traditions of the Greeks explain why Western Culture is so uniquely dynamic and why its tenets of democracy, capitalism, materialism, personal freedom, civil liberty, and constitutional government are now sweeping the globe." "The failure of today's Classicists has meant that formal study of the origins of Western Culture is disappearing from American life at precisely the time when it is most needed to explain, guide, and warn the public about both the wonders and dangers of their own culture. This book explains what has been killed, who did it and why - and how we might still save Classics and the Greeks for another generation."--BOOK JACKET.


  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 275-277) and index.
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