Ancient Greeks on the Human Condition

Themes in the Writings of Homer, Aristophanes, Euripides and Thucydides

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About the Book

This book examines the writings of four ancient Greeks–Homer, Thucydides, Euripides, and Aristophanes. Each of these four individuals represents a different approach toward the human condition, ranging from the heroic and tragic to the comic and absurd. This book focuses on how the human condition can best be understood within the framework of these four perspectives by examining the major contributions of these Greek writers, whether in the form of epic (Homer’s Iliad), history (Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War), or drama (the plays of Euripides and Aristophanes). These various perceptions of Greek thought illuminate our understanding of what it means to be fully human. By focusing on the concepts of the heroic, tragic, comic, and absurd, we can see how these ancient Greek authors still provide key insights for us today as they clarify those timeless features that define the human condition.

About the Author(s)

Matthew Sims teaches humanities at Saint Petersburg College, Tarpon Springs campus, in Florida and has been teaching humanities for over 20 years at various academic institutions. He has also published an essay on Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.

Bibliographic Details

Matthew Sims
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2021
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7578-7
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4268-0
Imprint: McFarland