Thoughts on: The Life of Greece by Will Durant

When I first posted my goal of making Ancient Greece the focus of my studies this year, I someone cautioned me that it might be too much to deal with in such a short time.

It was only after getting a few hours into this book that I understood what she/he meant: itโ€™s impossible to take all this in within a year. It would take a decade to cover only one aspect of Greek civilization fully; lifetimes to cover it all! Ramming everything into my head was like trying to catching a waterfall with a bucket.

I changed my approach to the book and saw it as a buffet. I got a small taste of everything and noted down where I wanted to explore more.

Now Iโ€™m looking for further reading on:


๐Ÿ“– Pericles, โ€œthe most complete man Greece ever produced.โ€ Big words. I want to know more.

๐Ÿ“– Diogenes, he lived the cynic lifestyle to the fullest. Fascinating man! Did you know that there is a condition known as Diogenes Syndrome? Itโ€™s characterized by extreme self-neglect, social withdrawal and lack of shame.

๐Ÿ“– Sparta: The crazy strict and tough lifestyle intrigues me. Is David Goggins actually the last Spartan?

๐Ÿ“– Archimedes: โ€œDonโ€™t disturb my circles!โ€. From Levers, to Pi, to the formula for calculating the surface area of a sphere, but also: war machines! I need to know more about this genius.

๐Ÿ“– The March of the Ten Thousand: Durant calls it “one of the great adventures in human history”. ๐Ÿง


๐Ÿ“ Schliemann: A crazy archeologist, obsessed with The Iliad, and determined to uncover Troy. Which he did!


๐Ÿ’ญ ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ Checking one book of the Reading List and you end up with an even longer list…


โš–๏ธ VERDICT:

โ€œGreek civilization is alive. it moves in every breath of mind that we breath. So much of it remains that none of us in one lifetime could absorb it all.โ€

As I reach the summary and conclusion of this book Iโ€™m in awe and my eyes tearing up in gratitude for this beautiful account of life in Greece.

4/5


Whose your favorite among the ancient Greeks? โ‰๏ธ๐Ÿค”

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