Love, Sex and Tragedy: Why Classics Matter

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9780719555459: Love, Sex and Tragedy: Why Classics Matter

Simon Goldhill examines the most basic areas of our lives today, from marriage and sex to politics and entertainment. Whether we are falling in love or waging wars in the name of democracy, he reveals how Classical ideas continue to shape our behaviour and our attitudes in crucial ways.

Full of surprising facts and startling stories, it will appeal to anyone interested in history and its influence on our lives. It is as wide-ranging as it is readable, with a brilliant cast of characters. Few books could bring together Freud, Plato, Queen Victoria, Romeo and Juliet, George W. Bush and Charles Atlas in this way.

Inspiring, thought provoking and illuminating, LOVE, SEX & TRAGEDY shows again and again how and why the Romans and Greeks still matter.

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

Passionate, witty and broad-ranging ... Goldhill skilfully overturns and amends our existing beliefs and is superb when discussing the origins of democracy, the importance of tragedy and, inevitably, sex ( Observer)

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)

Goldhill does for declensions what Alain de Botton did for Descartes ( Tatler)

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

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)

Goldhill is the kind of classics master whose lessons you wouldn't want to skip ( Independent on Sunday)

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)

[A] wonderful biography ( Spectator)

This book is thoroughly enjoyable and refreshing ( History Today)

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

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 ( Scotsman)

Enjoyable and lively ( TLS)

An exhilaratingly intelligent exercise in evangelism ( Guardian)

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

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

This is a good book. ( Focus)

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Gyms, diets, love and politics - A brilliant book about how the Greeks and Romans continue to influence our lives in the most unexpected ways

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Goldhill, Simon
Published by John Murray Publishers Ltd (2005)
ISBN 10: 0719555450 ISBN 13: 9780719555459
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