Thursday, 28 March 2013

The Ancient Greeks - M I Finley


Moses Finley sounds like my kind of academic - harassed out of the US by the McCarthy witch-hunt.  This book was definitely my kind of book - solid academic information in a highly readable form.  The original 1963 hardback was apparently subtitled "An Introduction to their Life and Thought", which is exactly what Finley provides.  I, for example, had never really understood the so-called Greek Dark Ages or just how tied up with the rise of Athens Pericles was.  Finley soon sorted that out.  He apparently also wrote (amongst much else) The World of Odysseus, which is now high up on my reading wish list.  Recommended.

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