The Greek View of Life

Goldsworthy Lowes DICKINSON (1862 - 1932)

“With the Greek civilisation beauty perished from the world. Never again has it been possible for man to believe that harmony is in fact the truth of all existence.”

This elegantly-written work provides a splendid introduction to the Greeks of the classic period: how they thought, wrote, and organised their lives and loves. Although it dates from the 1890s, there is very little about it that has dated. To its author’s credit, the subject of “Greek love” is dealt with in a sane and factual context - despite the judicial assassination of Oscar Wilde going on in the background.

A Cambridge don much admired by his students (including E. M. Forster), Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson belonged to the Apostles, a secret society with a strong ethic of male friendship. Alfred Tennyson and his beloved Arthur Hallam were early members. Dickinson is chiefly remembered as a historian and pacifist who played a significant part in the founding of the League of Nations. Inevitably, given his interests and intellectual background, he became a close associate of the Bloomsbury Group.

The Greek View of Life is no dry academic tome. It is a popularizing work in the best sense: accessibly written and illustrated with apt quotations given in sturdy translations, never in the original Greek. It is a joy to read.
(Introduction by Martin Geeson)

Genre(s): *Non-fiction, Art, Design & Architecture, Philosophy

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 01 - Chapter I: The Greek View of Religion. Section 1 - Introductory Martin Geeson
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Play 02 02 - I.2 Greek Religion an Interpretation of Nature Martin Geeson
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Play 03 03 - I.3 Greek Religion an Interpretation of the Human Passions Martin Geeson
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Play 04 04 - I.4 Greek Religion the Foundation of Society Martin Geeson
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Play 05 05 - I.5 Religious Festivals Martin Geeson
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Play 06 06 - I.6 The Greek Conception of the Relation of Man to the Gods Martin Geeson
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Play 07 07 - I.7 Divination, Omens, Oracles Martin Geeson
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Play 08 08 - I.8 Sacrifice and Atonement Martin Geeson
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Play 09 09 - I.9 Guilt and Punishment Martin Geeson
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Play 10 10 - I.10 Mysticism Martin Geeson
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Play 11 11 - I.11 The Greek View of Death and a Future Life Martin Geeson
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Play 12 12 - I.12 Critical and Sceptical Opinion in Greece Martin Geeson
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Play 13 13 - I.13 Ethical Criticism Martin Geeson
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Play 14 14 - I.14 Transition to Monotheism Martin Geeson
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Play 15 15 - I.15 Metaphysical Criticism Martin Geeson
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Play 16 16 - I.16 Metaphysical Reconstruction - Plato Martin Geeson
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Play 17 17 - I.17 Summary Martin Geeson
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Play 18 18 - Chapter II: The Greek View of the State. Section 1 - The Greek State a 'City' Martin Geeson
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Play 19 19 - II.2 The Relation of the State to the Citizen Martin Geeson
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Play 20 20 - II.3 The Greek View of Law Martin Geeson
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Play 21 21 - II.4 Artisans and Slaves Martin Geeson
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Play 22 22 - II.5 The Greek State Primarily Military, not Industrial Martin Geeson
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Play 23 23 - II.6 Forms of Government in the Greek State Martin Geeson
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Play 24 24 - II.7 Faction and Anarchy Martin Geeson
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Play 25 25 - II.8 Property and the Communistic Ideal Martin Geeson
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Play 26 26 - II.9 Sparta Martin Geeson
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Play 27 27 - II.10 Athens Martin Geeson
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Play 28 28 - II.11 Sceptical Criticism of the Basis of the State Martin Geeson
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Play 29 29 - II.12 Summary Martin Geeson
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Play 30 30 - Chapter III: The Greek View of the Individual. Section 1 - The Greek View of Manual Labour and Trade Martin Geeson
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Play 31 31 - III.2 Appreciation of External Goods Martin Geeson
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Play 32 32 - III.3 Appreciation of Physical Qualities Martin Geeson
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Play 33 33 - III.4 Greek Athletics Martin Geeson
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Play 34 34 - III.5 Greek Ethics - Identification of the Aesthetic and Ethical Points of View Martin Geeson
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Play 35 35 - III.6 The Greek View of Pleasure Martin Geeson
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Play 36 36 - III.7 Illustrations - Ischomachus; Socrates Martin Geeson
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Play 37 37 - III.8 The Greek View of Woman Martin Geeson
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Play 38 38 - III.9 Protests against the Common View of Woman Martin Geeson
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Play 39 39 - III.10a Friendship (1) Martin Geeson
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Play 40 40 - III.10b Friendship (2) Martin Geeson
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Play 41 41 - III.10c Friendship (3) Martin Geeson
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Play 42 42 - III.11 Summary Martin Geeson
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Play 43 43 - Chapter IV: The Greek View of Art. Section 1 - Greek Art an Expression of National Life Martin Geeson
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Play 44 44 - IV.2 Identification of the Aesthetic and Ethical Points of View Martin Geeson
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Play 45 45 - IV.3 Sculpture and Painting Martin Geeson
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Play 46 46 - IV.4 Music and the Dance Martin Geeson
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Play 47 47 - IV.5 Poetry Martin Geeson
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Play 48 48 - IV.6a Tragedy (1) Martin Geeson
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Play 49 49 - IV.6b Tragedy (2) Martin Geeson
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Play 50 50 - IV.7 Comedy Martin Geeson
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Play 51 51 - IV.8 Summary Martin Geeson
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Play 52 52 - Chapter V: Conclusion Martin Geeson
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