SIR RICHARD WINN LIVINGSTONE (1880–1960)
The Greek Genius And Its Meaning To Us (1915, 2nd Edition)
Contains Ancient Greek terminology and literary fragments.
"When I began to teach Latin and Greek, a friend asked me what I supposed myself to have learnt from them, and what I was trying to teach others. This book was written as an attempt to answer the question, as far as Greek is concerned. It was written to inform, primarily myself, secondarily my pupils. It is therefore intentionally popular, and, like the poems of Lucilius, designed neque indoctissimis neque doctissimis : it uses modern illustrations, and tries, as far as possible, to put what it has to say in a readable form. I hope it may serve as a general introduction to the study of Greek literature, and for that purpose be acceptable, not only to such students or teachers of the classics as feel themselves to be in the class indicated above, but also to the considerable public who take a humane interest in what Greece has done for the world. For my intention has been to try and make the spirit of Greece alive for myself at the present day, to translate it, as far as I could, into modern language, and to trace its relationship to our own ways of thinking and feeling." (Preface To The First Edition)
A Defence Of Classical Education (1917)
Contains Ancient Greek terminology.
"...the reader's interest is held from the beginning to end. He feels he is listening to a man who knows his case, believes in it, and can present it with power and charm. The case urged is not that of the mere bookman or antiquarian. Two ancient peoples, and their civilizations are shown to deserve and demand the study of the modern world. The Greek passion for truth and beauty, and the Roman genius for government, are brought home to our business and bosoms in vivid English. No candid and right-judging reader can fail to see in the book itself the evidence of an education befitting a modern citizen who, in times of fundamental change, looks forward as well as backward, backward as well as forward. The volume ought to be read and read, not only by those who are most closely interested, whether as defenders or assailants, in the future of classical studies, but by all who wish to gain a true view of a training that, at its best, is hard indeed to beat." (W. Rhys Roberts, The Classical Review, 08/1917)
The Legacy Of Greece (1921)
Contains Ancient Greek terminology.
"In spite of many differences, no age has had closer affinities with Ancient Greece than our own ; none has based its deeper life so largely on ideals which the Greeks brought into the world. History does not repeat itself. Yet, if the twentieth century searched through the past for its nearest spiritual kin, it is in the fifth and following centuries before Christ that they would be found. Again and again, as we study Greek thought and literature, behind the veil woven by time and distance, the face that meets us is our own, younger, with fewer lines and wrinkles on its features and with more definite and deliberate purpose in its eyes. For these reasons we are to-day in a position, as no other age has been, to understand Ancient Greece, to learn the lessons it teaches, and, in studying the ideals and fortunes of men with whom we have so much in common, to gain a fuller power of understanding and estimating our own. This book—the first of its kind in English—aims at giving some idea of what the world owes to Greece in various realms of the spirit and the intellect, and of what it can still learn from her." (Preface)
The Pageant Of Greece (1923)
"This book is intended for those who know no Greek, but wish to form some idea of its great writers and of what they wrote. It is meant for the ordinary educated reader, as well as for pupils at the universities and in the upper forms of schools, who will never learn the language but need not be left in total ignorance of the literature and thought of Greece ; and it may be used to give the weaker student, while he struggles with individual authors, a view of the literature as a whole and an idea of the doors which knowledge of the language will open to him. It is not a book about the Greeks : such books can be at best pale reflections of the central fire at which they are lit. It consists of selections from the greatest Greek writers,
with such a sketch of their lives and works as may give an idea of what they were and did.
But it is not a mere anthology of selections. I have tried, as far as possible, to piece the passages together in a continuous whole, and, further, to trace the growth of Greek literature, and indicate the historical background in which it is set. Any one who reads these pages will not merely read famous or typical extracts from the great Greek writers, but will also follow in outline the most important part of that vast intellectual development which started with Homer and outlasted the Roman empire." (Preface)
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