Love, Sex & Tragedy: How the Ancient World Shapes Our Lives

Simon Goldhill

Verlag: John Murray, 2004
ISBN 10: 0719555493 / ISBN 13: 9780719555497
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2004. 335 pages. Signed by the author. Blue jacket covering blue boards with gilt lettering. Contains pictorial plates and authors signature to the front endpaper. Pages are slightly yellowed with very light thumb prints to the title page.Binding is firm with very light shelf wear to the spine.Unclipped jacket has light rubbing around the top edges of covers and spine. Buchnummer des Verkäufers

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We seem to be living through a Classical renaissance. Gladiator was a global phenomenon, and a clutch of classical films are now being made in Hollywood. Greek tragedies are staged the world over. Millions of primetime viewers watched Channel 4's 'The Spartans'. Valerio Massimo Manfredi's Alexander trilogy was a huge bestseller.

But the Greeks and Romans do not just offer great entertainment. LOVE, SEX AND TRAGEDY reveals how the influence of the ancient world can be seen throughout the modern world.

Democracy and spin, diets and the gym, marriage and sex all play their part. No other book brings together the ancient and modern so inspiringly and provocatively. Part Alain de Botton, part Will Hutton, LOVE, SEX AND TRAGEDY is an essential guide to our lives today.

Rezension: Goldhill writes with breezy wit in a style accessible to readers who did not grow up on Plato and Tacitus. This can disguise the fact that his intent is deadly serious ... As this brilliant book demonstrates, a familiarity with the ancient world is about much more than a life in ruins. ( JOan Smith, The Independent)

It's great, and great fun ... a sparkling, erudite and amusing remedy for our collective historical amnesia ( Zadie Smith, Author of White Teeth )

It's great, and great fun ... the kind of book you find yourself reading out to your other half as you go along ... A sparkling, erudite and amusing remedy for our collective historical amnesia (Zadie Smith)

Passionate, witty and broad-ranging ... Goldhill skilfully overturns and amends our existing beliefs (The Observer)

Enjoyable and lively (Emily Wilson, Times Literary Supplement)

Wide-ranging and challenging ... varied and unpredictable ... enterprising ... There cannot be many people who will not acquire new knowledge and have their thoughts keenly provoked ... confident, intelligent and assertive (The Guardian)

Simon Goldhill reminds us in Love, Sex & Tragedy of how Greek representations of the body beautiful, architecture and ideas of philosophy and democracy still influence us today. (New Scientist)

Confident, intelligent and assertive... he draws many telling lessons (Oliver Taplin, The Guardian Weekly)

In this accessible, non-academic yet highly informative work Goldhill weaves expertly through a whole host of contemporary phobias and nightmares, pleasures and dreams to demonstrate the social, political and personal debts we owe to the Greeks. (The Scotsman)

As this brilliant book demonstrates, a familiarity with the ancient world is about much more than a life in ruins. (Joan Smith, Independent)

This book is thoroughly enjoyable and refreshing (History Today)

Goldhill is the kind of classics master whose lessons you wouldn't want to skip ... Goldhill is at his best when he reveals the past to be a foreign country that is as unfamiliar as it is familiar. (Mark Simpson, The Independent)

'In a breezy, user-friendly tone Goldhill tells us why classics matter.' Iain Finlayson (The Times)

Love, Sex and Tragedy has the popular intellectual grace of de Botton's How Proust Can Change Your Life, but it is more than clever and everywhere avoids being tongue-in-cheek. ... I wish more classicists would write as invitingly and honestly as Goldhill does ... The world would be a better place. (Times Higher Education Supplement)

An informative, light-hearted yet challenging read ... ancient history with a glamorous twist. (Venue Magazine)

An exhilaratingly intelligent exercise in evangelism (Guardian)

[A] wonderful biography (Spectator)

This book is a call-to-arms in the face of a rapidly disintegrating culture. (Good Book Guide)

His sharp essays on significant sites (from the stage to the arena) excite, enlighten and temper "relavance" with "otherness" (Independent)

This is a good book. (Focus)

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Titel: Love, Sex & Tragedy: How the Ancient World ...
Verlag: John Murray
Erscheinungsdatum: 2004
Einband: Hardcover
Zustand: Very Good

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