The Beginning of All Wisdom: Timeless Advice from the Ancient Greeks

Forsideomslag
Hachette Books, 15. dec. 2008 - 224 sider
Who knew the ancient Greeks had it all figured out three thousand years ago? In The Beginning of All Wisdom, author Steve Stavropoulos has sifted through nearly every recorded ancient Greek text for the very best sayings, proverbs, and maxims by ancient Greek philosophers, tragedians, scientists, politicians, generals, and poets, from Plato and Pericles to Socrates and Sophocles. Here is practical advice on everyday problems as well as answers to deep moral questions: "Getting to know yourself is extremely difficult" (Thales). "Ignorance is a tough evil to conquer" (Sophocles). "We must take care of our minds because we cannot benefit from beauty when our brains are missing." (Euripides). Organized into 100 topics that cover all human experience -- anger, fear, good and evil, truth, prayer and hope, aging and old age, friendship, gossip, pain and sorrow, self-deception, war and peace, public speaking, democracy -- The Beginning of All Wisdom inspires, advises, and satisfies the urge to learn the best the ancient Greeks have to teach -- without having to read through a whole shelf of Loeb classics.
 

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"He who can properly summarize many ideas in a brief statement, is a wise man," wrote Euripides. In this book of quotations, Stavropoulos has collected nearly 900 brief nuggets of wisdom from ancient ... Læs hele anmeldelsen

Indhold

justice and Injustice
29
Licentiousness
36
Patriotism
44
Freedom l7 Slander
51
Greed and Dishonest Profits 23 Virtue and Becoming Virtuous
61
Soul
70
Necessity
106
Relationships
112
Knowledge
133
ARTS AND SCIENCES
141
Philosophy
150
Specialization
156
49
162
Monarchy
168
Time Line of Ancient Greece
179
Suggested Reading
199

SelfInterest
119
Vegetarianism
126

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Om forfatteren (2008)

Born in Athens, Greece, Steven Stavropoulos immigrated to America in 1986 and worked as a reporter for the National Herald, covering stories on Greek-American issues and the ever-evolving story of the Greek-American experience in the U.S. Now a full-time writer and poet, Stavropoulos lives with his wife in Queens, NY.

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