Against a backdrop of economic strife, political unrest and relentless war with neighboring regions,
the ancient Greeks give the world philosophy – a preoccupation, as Socrates says, not with simply
living, but with living well. As the readings in this text will demonstrate – from the ancient epics of the
Warrior Age of heroes to the teachings of the great thinkers in the Golden Age of Athens – living well
for the ancient Greeks will mean answering the same question again and again: “What should we
call a good life?” For introductory-level students in the Humanities, as for the most accomplished
scholars, this is a question for all of us.

This collection of ancient writings is intended to expose students to the original voices of the past in
“primary source” form. Unlike the historian who summarizes Aristotle’s “Ethics of Happiness”, the
primary sources herein give us Aristotle himself – his exact words as they appeared when he etched
them into papyrus in the 4th century BC. Because a reading proficiency in the ancient languages is
not expected of undergraduate students in the Humanities, the ancient texts translated into English
here have been carefully chosen by the author based on their affinity to the original text and their
adherence to the true spirit of primary source translation.

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Book Details:
Paperback: 182 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace; 3rd edition (May 26, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-1724212344
Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 10 inches
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Great Works of Ancient Greece
Homer, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle

3rd edition

by M. B. McLatchey