The Ancient Greeks: An Introduction (Paperback)
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Short Description for The Ancient Greeks This accessible introduction surveys the land and peoples who gave us the Labyrinth, the Acropolis, the Iliad and Odyssey, Herodotus and Thucydides, Sappho and Sophocles, Aphrodite and Aristotle, and so much more. Using the full range of resources of art history, archaeology, and philology, this book details the familiar--mythic heroes and heroines, famous philosophers and poets, as well as classi...
- Published: 26 March 2009
- Format: Paperback 484 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780195379846 ISBN 10: 0195379845
- Sales rank: 1,058,465
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Reviews for The Ancient Greeks
Awful book. Uneducated author
The Ancient Greeks: New Perspectives by Stephanie Lynn Budin.
I borrowed (thank God I didn't pay for it!) and read a copy of this book.
I didn't know the expression "New Perspectives" was a code for "Vardaskan Propaganda".
This letter is addressed to the author of this deplorable book.
I was very disappointed by your work. You seem to be extremely ignorant of the Ancient Greek culture and history. I would even go as far as to call you the "Alan Dershowitz" of Greek history. It's sad that people like you and Dershowitz can "write" and publish books. Neither of you has the knowledge to teach or write books; to educate and/or inform people.
I present here two examples of your ignorance and utter impotence to discuss Ancient Greek history.
I. You mention in your book that :
The Greeks had always thought of the Macedonians as northern barbarians
(as opposed to the Persians, who were eastern barbarians). Actually, to the Athenians, the Macedonians were worse than barbarians if we are to believe Demosthenes, who claimed that Philip was "Not only not a Greek nor related to the Greeks, but not even a barbarian from a land worth mentioning. No! He is a pestilence from Macedonia, a region where you cannot even buy a slave worth his salt!" (Orations 9.31).
To begin with, you fail to specify the meaning of the word "barbarian". I must assume you are not aware that the word did not always have an ethnic/racial meaning. Do some -serious- research and you will find out that Athenians called Spartans and Corinthians "barbarians" as well. To call someone barbarian was more an insult than a derogatory label with an ethnic/racial connotation.
Next, you fail to place Demosthenes' speech into the actual historical context it occurred. When did the speech take place, where, and why? Obviously you do not have a clue. You offer no insight or detail in regards to Demosthenes' speech.
Finally, Greece as a distinct and unified nation (Ethnos) did not exist before 1832 A.D. Ancient Greece was divided into city-states that had their own army and government; so even if some Athenians called the Macedonians barbarians that did not mean that other city-sates shared the same view. So, to say that all Greeks called Macedonians barbarians is simply a gross generalization.
II. To make things worse you state that :
Although Alexander himself was not Greek, and his father
had conquered Greece by force, Macedonians liked to think of themselves
as Greek-hence Alexander's concern with how Greece had been treated by
Sparta conquered Athens by force, with the help of the Persian Empire! Does that prove that Spartans were not Greeks? Your "logic" is fundamentally flawed.
Once again your ignorance is obvious. It is well known that Macedonians and Spartans were both descendants of Dorians.
Are the names Alexander and Phillip Greek or not? Do you know of a lot of kings that had foreign names? How many Persian Kings had Greek names? How come there is not even one document where the Macedonians express/state their disappointment or hate for Greece (Greece being, according to you, a hostile country that despised them so much)?
Macedonians spoke Greek, their mythology, religion, philosophy, and culture were Greek and they were blood brothers with the Spartans, yet you somehow decided that they were not Greek. Why? Obviously because Demosthenes spoke against Philip!
Please stop writing your tripe and focus on something you can actually do - maybe gardening or cooking. You are a disgrace to all scholars that have studied and written about Ancient Greece and especially the one and only Greek Macedonia.
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