By J. C. McKeown
* A delightfully strange and fun number of Greek trivia
* Lavishly illustrated with greater than forty halftones
The historic Greeks have been a superb humans. They gave us democracy, drama, and philosophy, and plenty of sorts of paintings and branches of technological know-how will be impossible with out them. And but they have been able to the main outlandish habit, preposterous ideals, and ludicrous opinions.
Nearly every thing during this booklet illustrates the not-quite-so excellent features of Greek existence and notion. Like its better half quantity, a cupboard of Roman Curiosities, this can be an a laugh and serendipitous miscellany of wierd tales and proof, culled from a life of instructing. In many ways, the publication hopes to teach how a lot the Greeks have been like us. Politicians have been considered as shallow and self-serving. fats humans resorted to incredible tools of weight keep an eye on. Even Socrates and the king of Sparta used to entertain their young ones through driving round on a stick pretending it used to be a horse. after all, their changes from us are abundantly documented, too—and the e-book might go away readers with a couple of incredulous questions. To push back evil, have been scapegoats thrown down from cliffs, equipped out with feathers and reside birds to offer them an opportunity of survival? Did a werewolf fairly win the boxing occasion on the Olympic video games? have been prisoners published on bail so they may possibly get pleasure from dramatic fairs? Did Greeks put on an amulet, to advertise virility, the penis of a lizard stuck whereas mating? Did an individual quite think that Pythagoras flew approximately on a magic arrow? different such mysteries abound during this splendidly illustrated and fascinating trip into the "glory that was once Greece."
Readership: Readers, scholars, and students drawn to historic Greek heritage and culture
"In a witty miscellany, McKeown recognizes the idealised prestige of classical Greece, yet brings it right down to our brute point by means of quoting judiciously from its satirical poets, speculative philosophers, brutal princes and self-serving politicians." - The Times
"Wide examining and an enquiring brain have provided McKeown with an enormous shop of quirky information." - jap day-by-day Press
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Extra info for A Cabinet of Greek Curiosities: Strange Tales and Surprising Facts from the Cradle of Western Civilization
The initial chapters are devoted to discussing the design of the Histoire comparée, the historiography of philosophy, and the question of the origins of philosophy. These are followed by chapters presenting the facts of the systems of philosophy in the order of their historical chronology. But what makes the Histoire comparée original and unprecedented is its Second Part: a comparative analysis of systems of philosophy. With respect to the principles of human knowledge, systems of philosophy fell into one or another of de Gérando’s six asymmetrical classes: rationalism, empiricism, idealism, materialism, dogmatism, and skepticism.
44 That is, he required them to be acquainted with the philosophy of Immanuel Kant. Reinhold was not happy and would not be happy until a Kantian thinker wrote the history of philosophy. 49 The history of philosophy as presented by Johann Heinrich Alsted, Gerhard Johannes Voss, and Daniel Georg Morhof, “for whom philosophy itself . . 53 The Polyhistor literarius is divided into seven sections: libraries, method, excerpting, grammar, criticism, rhetoric, and poetics. The Polyhistor philosophicus is divided into the history of philosopy (Polyhistor philosophicus-historicus), covering the ancient schools, the Scholastics, and the Novatores as well as the history of natural philosophy (Polyhistor physicus) including metaphyics (in the Aristotelian sense), the artes divinatoriae, magic, mathematics, and, finally, the theory of knowledge.
72 The Kantians may have claimed that Kant had strictly shown the limits of the human faculties of knowledge, but the Popularphilosophen claimed that they had always assumed these limits as a given. Heydenreich complained of the “skeptics” who “cannot persuade themselves that Kant’s critical system is new and singular, the first and last of its kind. 74 20 Africa, Asia, and the History of Philosophy Like Kant, Heydenreich did not say who these critics were or what they argued exactly, but he could well have been referring to the first reviewer of the Critique of Pure Reason.
A Cabinet of Greek Curiosities: Strange Tales and Surprising Facts from the Cradle of Western Civilization by J. C. McKeown