It's All Greek to Me

by Charlotte Higgins | Other |
ISBN: 9781906021597 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingDelphi_Readerwing of Δελφοί - Delphi, Fokida Greece on 6/8/2021
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Journal Entry 1 by wingDelphi_Readerwing from Δελφοί - Delphi, Fokida Greece on Tuesday, June 8, 2021
This book starts its journey with BookCrossing from Delphi, Greece

"With everything from Achilles' heel to Pythagoras' theorem, from Oedipus and his complex to Margaret Thatcher and Thucydides, this book aims to unlock the richness of the Greek world and show just how profoundly it has informed our own. Consider the way we think: about right and wrong, about the nature of beauty, goodness, and truth. What, in the end, it is to be a human being amid the immensity of the universe. All this, and more, we have learned from the ancient Greeks. They moulded the basic disciplines and genres in which we still organise thought: from poetry to drama, from politics to philosophy and history to medicine. Packed with useful cribs - history timelines; a who's who; a guide to the Greek gods; a map for those who struggle to know their Lemnos from their Lesbos - It's All Greek To Me is a bluffer's guide in one sense, that will give you a helping hand around Greek democracy, the Persian Wars, or the Parthenon. But it is much more than that; it is a book that aims to bring ancient Greece back into the mainstream of life - where it belongs. "

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Journal Entry 2 by wingDelphi_Readerwing at Δελφοί - Delphi, Fokida Greece on Friday, June 18, 2021
"...this book aims to unlock the richness of the Greek world and show just how profoundly it has informed our own."

Well, I'm not very sure if actually that's what this book is about or if it achieved its aim. I found it somehow fragmental, quite repetitive on some stuff and too bare-bones or biased or spartan (to use a word related on the book) on other stuff. It is much shorter than it seems to be at first sight too. The last 50 pages or so feature a map of Greece, the Greek alphabet, index of names, a very very limited collection of Greek words/phrases used in English and their meaning/origin, suggestions for further reading, aknowledgements etc. There are some typos too.

All that said, I kind of enjoyed this book and found it refreshing. Not original and not impressive to this Greek reader, but I liked the enthusiasm of the author and her efforts to explain/mention at least some basic elements of Greek culture to a random reader. Her attempts on humor were OΚ-ish too. I guess "It's All Greek To Me" might be more interesting to someone who has a very limited knowledge about the subject matter and wants to learn a little bit more without been heavy on the subject.

Journal Entry 3 by wingDelphi_Readerwing at -- Somewhere in town in Athens - Αθήνα, Attica Greece on Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Released 1 mo ago (7/28/2021 UTC) at -- Somewhere in town in Athens - Αθήνα, Attica Greece


Released near the entrance of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, below the Parthenon in Athens.

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Journal Entry 4 by wingAnonymousFinderwing at Mykonos - Μύκονος, Cyclades Greece on Thursday, July 29, 2021
Hi, i dropped the book today in a little village in the North of Mykonos. Many people who are on a cruise go there (so did i).

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