The Ancient Concept of Progress and Other Essays on Greek Literature and Belief

The Ancient Concept of Progress and Other Essays on Greek Literature and Belief

This provocative collection of essays written by the influential Greek scholar E. R. Dodds between 1929 and 1971. represents the wide range of his literary and philosophical interests.

Author: Eric Robertson Dodds

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019814377X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 218

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These essays represent the full range of Dodds' literary and philosophical interests, and his ability to combine profound scholarship with the lucid humanity of a teacher convinced of the value of Greek studies to the modern world.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Arcana Mundi

Arcana Mundi

9. Only the Epicureans and the Skeptics seem to have denied ex cathedra the
possibility of communicating with the ghosts of the dead . 10. Dodds , The Ancient
Concept of Progress , p . 206 . 11. Dodds discusses the ancient belief that some ...

Author: Georg Luck

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 0801883466

Category: History

Page: 544

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Magic, miracles, daemonology, divination, astrology, and alchemy were the arcana mundi, the "secrets of the universe," of the ancient Greeks and Romans. In this path-breaking collection of Greek and Roman writings on magic and the occult, Georg Luck provides a comprehensive sourcebook and introduction to magic as it was practiced by witches and sorcerers, magi and astrologers, in the Greek and Roman worlds. In this new edition, Luck has gathered and translated 130 ancient texts dating from the eighth century BCE through the fourth century CE. Thoroughly revised, this volume offers several new elements: a comprehensive general introduction, an epilogue discussing the persistence of ancient magic into the early Christian and Byzantine eras, and an appendix on the use of mind-altering substances in occult practices. Also added is an extensive glossary of Greek and Latin magical terms. In Arcana Mundi Georg Luck presents a fascinating—and at times startling—alternative vision of the ancient world. "For a long time it was fashionable to ignore the darker and, to us, perhaps, uncomfortable aspects of everyday life in Greece and Rome," Luck has written. "But we can no longer idealize the Greeks with their 'artistic genius' and the Romans with their 'sober realism.' Magic and witchcraft, the fear of daemons and ghosts, the wish to manipulate invisible powers—all of this was very much a part of their lives."
Categories: History

New Perspectives on Ancient Warfare

New Perspectives on Ancient Warfare

convenient argument that could overshadow other factors and play a leading role
in general historical explanations.12 A second argument to reject the notion of '
ancient determinism' is the absence of an ancient concept of 'progress' that ...

Author: Garrett Fagan

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004187344

Category: History

Page: 408

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New Perspectives on Ancient Warfare explores the armies of antiquity from Assyria and Persia, to classical Greece and Rome. The studies illustrate the ways in which technology, innovation, cultural exchange, and tactical developments transformed ancient warfare by land and sea.
Categories: History

Ancient Greece and Rome

Ancient Greece and Rome

Review by Adkins , A . W . H . , CP . , 80 , 1985 , 364 – 70 . 5 . 294 Dillon , J . M . ,
The Middle Platonists . A Study of Platonism 80 B . C . 10 A . D . 220 , 1977 . 5 .
295 Dodds , E . R . , The Ancient Concept of Progress and Other Essays on
Greek ...

Author: Keith Hopwood

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 0719024013

Category: Civilization, Classical

Page: 450

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Categories: Civilization, Classical

The Idea of Progress

The Idea of Progress

A. C. Cromhie Philosophical Commitments and Scientific Progress Concerning
the first generation of the universe this is ... Dodds, The Ancient Concept of
Progress and other Essays (Oxford, 1973); and more generally A.C. Crombie, “
Some ...

Author: Arnold Burgen

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 9783110820423

Category: Philosophy

Page: 252

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Categories: Philosophy

The Greek Discovery of Politics

The Greek Discovery of Politics

EIGHT • An Ancient Equivalent of the Concept of Progress : The Fifth - Century
Consciousness of Ability W HETHER THE ANCIENT world was acquainted with a
concept of progress has long been a matter of controversy . 1 The question has ...

Author: Christian Meier

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674362322

Category: History

Page: 305

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Why the Greeks? How did it happen that these people--out of all Mediterranean societies--developed democratic systems of government? The outstanding German historian of the ancient world, Christian Meier, reconstructs the process of political thinking in Greek culture that led to democracy. He demonstrates that the civic identity of the Athenians was a direct precondition for the practical reality of this form of government. Meier shows how the structure of Greek communal life gave individuals a civic role and discusses a crucial reform that institutionalized the idea of equality before the law. In Greek drama--specifically Aeschylus' Oresteia--he finds reflections of the ascendancy of civil law and of a politicizing of life in the city-state. He examines the role of the leader as well as citizen participation in Athenian democracy and describes an ancient equivalent of the idea of social progress. He also contrasts the fifth-century Greek political world with today's world, drawing revealing comparisons. The Greek Discovery of Politics is important reading for ancient historians, classicists, political scientists, and anyone interested in the history of political thought or in the culture of ancient Greece.
Categories: History

Theology Meets Progress

Theology Meets Progress

toward a real understanding of history, it was conditioned by a cyclic notion of the
course of events: only what is cyclically ... Did not a valid concept of progress
enter the ancient world along with the secularization of myth—a concept of ...

Author: J. Shih

Publisher: Gregorian Biblical BookShop

ISBN: 8876524231

Category: Religion

Page: 368

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Categories: Religion

Reading Religions in the Ancient World

Reading Religions in the Ancient World

2 The Ancient Concept of Progress and Other Essays on Greek Literature and
Belief (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1973), 192. 3 The Concept of Irony, with
Constant Reference to Socrates (trans. L.M. Capel; Blooming- ton/London:
Indiana ...

Author: David Edward Aune

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004161962

Category: Religion

Page: 305

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In "Reading Religions in the Ancient World," sixteen colleagues and students of Robert M. Grant honor their colleague, friend and mentor with essays on Classical Studies, New Testament Studies and Patristic Studies. These three areas of study signal the breadth and depth of Professor Grant's own scholarly interests and productivity.
Categories: Religion

Science Optics and Music in Medieval and Early Modern Thought

Science  Optics  and Music in Medieval and Early Modern Thought

EARLY MODERN Taken literally , an essay within the length of a brief article on
two thousand years of intellectual history , when the concept of progress as now ...

Author: Alistair Cameron Crombie

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0907628796

Category: History

Page: 474

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A.C. Crombie is one of the best known writers on the history of Science. Science, Optics and Music in Medieval and Early Modern Thought brings together a coherent body of essays that complement his books and are of independent value. A.C. Crombie traces general themes in the development of Science: the Aristotelian inheritance and the importance of the search for logical explanation in the middle ages; the ambitions and limitations of experiment and quantification; changing attitudes to scientific progress; the relations between Science and the Arts, and between Mathematics, Music and Medical Science; and the study of the senses. In particular he shows how the mechanistic hypothesis stimulated the experimental and philosophical study of vision.
Categories: History

The Oxford Handbook of Hellenic Studies

The Oxford Handbook of Hellenic Studies

Other relevant concepts are autochthony and pure lineage. ... This, as has been
shown, is connected with the absence of a belief in progress in antiquity. ... The
Ancient Concept of Progress, and Other Essays on Greek Literature and Belief.

Author: George Boys-Stones

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191608704

Category: History

Page: 912

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The Oxford Handbook of Hellenic Studies is a unique collection of some seventy articles which together explore the ways in which ancient Greece has been, is, and might be studied. It is intended to inform its readers, but also, importantly, to inspire them, and to enable them to pursue their own research by introducing the primary resources and exploring the latest agenda for their study. The emphasis is on the breadth and potential of Hellenic Studies as a flourishing and exciting intellectual arena, and also upon its relevance to the way we think about ourselves today.
Categories: History

Ancient Greek Philosophy Thales to Gorgias

Ancient Greek Philosophy  Thales to Gorgias

The Ancient Concept of Progress and Other Essays , Oxford : Clarendon Press ,
1973 . Emlyn - Jones , C . J . , ' Heraclitus and the identity of opposites ' ,
Phronesis 21 ( 1976 ) , 89 - 114 . Engmann , Joyce ' Cosmic justice in
Anaximander ' ...

Author: Tankha

Publisher: Pearson Education India

ISBN: 8177589393

Category: Philosophy, Ancient

Page: 351

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Categories: Philosophy, Ancient

Greek Notions of the Past in the Archaic and Classical Eras

Greek Notions of the Past in the Archaic and Classical Eras

Similarly, despite Thucydides' Archaeology, which postulates progress from the
past to what now obtains, and despite ... (London: Macmillan, 1920), and E. R.
Dodds, The Ancient Concept of Progress and Other Essays on Greek Literature
and ...

Author: John Marincola

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748654666

Category: History

Page: 352

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This volume in The Edinburgh Leventis Studies series collects the papers presented at the sixth A. G. Leventis conference, It engages with new research and new approaches to the Greek past, and brings the fruits of that research to a wider audience.
Categories: History

The Performance Studies Reader

The Performance Studies Reader

Edward Gibbon Children are a lottery in the modern concept of progress . after
Frech The ancient rhetorics of play , fate , power , identity , and frivolity are so
called because they are of more ancient origin than the modern rhetorics ,
progress ...

Author: Henry Bial

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415302412

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 329

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The Performance Studies Reader is a lively and much-needed anthology of critical writings on the burgeoning discipline of performance studies. It provides an overview of the full range of performance theory for undergraduates at all levels, and beginning graduate students in performance studies, theatre, performing arts and cultural studies. The collection is designed as a companion to Richard Schechner's popular Performance Studies: an Introduction (Routledge, 2002), but is also ideal as a stand-alone text. Henry Bial collects together key critical pieces from the field, referred to as 'suggested readings' in Performance Studies: an Introduction. He also broadens the discussion with additional selections. The structure and themes of the Reader closely follow those of Schechner's companion textbook. The articles in each section focus particularly on three primary areas in performance studies, theatre, anthropology and sociology/cultural studies.
Categories: Performing Arts

The Ambiguity of Play

The Ambiguity of Play

Edward Gibbon Children are a lottery in the modern concept of progress. after
Frech The ancient rhetorics of play, fate, power, identity, and frivolity are so called
because they are of more ancient origin than the modern rhetorics, progress, the

Author: Brian Sutton-Smith

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674044180

Category: Education

Page: 288

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Categories: Education

A Commentary on the Aristotelian Athenaion Politeia

A Commentary on the Aristotelian Athenaion Politeia

Hildesheim : Olms , * 1966 . DINSMOOR , W. B. The Archons of Athens in the
Hellenistic Age . Harvard U.P. for A.S.C.S.A. , 1931 . Dodds , E. R. The Ancient
Concept of Progress and Other Essays on Greek Literature and Belief . O.U.P. ,
1973 .

Author: Peter John Rhodes

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 0198149425

Category: Law

Page: 809

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Since this commentary was first published in 1981, there have been important publications on many of the topics covered in the Athenaion Politeia, and in 1991 the centenary of the work's rediscovery was celebrated. In this new paperback version of the commentary, a section of addenda surveyingrecent work has been added.
Categories: Law

The Art of Plato

The Art of Plato

Modern understanding of the sophists is hampered by two main factors: first, the
animosity of Plato (and to a lesser extent ... Kerferd, The Sophistic Movement (
1981); E.R. Dodds, The Ancient Concept of Progress and Other Essays (1973) ch

Author: R. B. Rutherford

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674048113

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 335

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The enduring fascination of Plato's dialogues rests not only on the dazzling range of his arguments and opinions, but also on the extraordinary richness of his literary style. The great Greek philosopher captures the imagination and stimulates the curiosity of his readers through his expert use of the techniques devised by the rhetoricians and the poets of his time: Plato, the critic of art and poetry, shows himself a consummate artist. This book is not a study of Plato's philosophy, but a contribution to the literary interpretation of the dialogues, through analysis of their formal structure, characterization, language, and imagery. Among the dialogues considered in these interrelated essays are some of Plato's most admired and influential works, including Gorgias, the Symposium, the Republic and Phaedrus. Special attention is paid to the personality of Socrates, Plato's remarkable mentor, and to his interaction with the other characters in the dialogues. The author also discusses particular problems such as the sources for our knowledge of Socrates, the origins of the dialogue form, Plato's use of myth, and the "totalitarianism" of the Republic.This combination of sympathetic literary criticism and exact historical scholarship makes The Art of Plato a valuable contribution to the study of one of the greatest of all Greek writers.
Categories: Literary Criticism



Dodds, E.R. (1973) The Ancient Concept of Progress, Oxford: Oxford University
Press. Donoghue, D. (1974) Thieves of Fire, New York: Oxford University Press.
Dunbar, N. (ed) (1995) Aristophanes: Birds, Oxford: Clarendon Press. Edelstein,

Author: Carol Dougherty

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134347513

Category: History

Page: 176

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With no recent publications discussing Prometheus at length, this book provides a much-needed introduction to the Promethean myth of this rebellious god who defied Zeus to steal fire for mankind. Seeking to locate the nature of this compelling tale’s continuing relevance throughout history, Carol Dougherty traces a history of the myth of Prometheus from its origins in ancient Greece, to its resurgence in the works of the Romantic era and beyond. Offering a comparative approach that includes visual material and film, the book reveals a Prometheus who was a rebel against Zeus’ tyranny to Aeschylus, a defender of political and artistic integrity to Percy Bysshe Shelley, and a symbol of technological innovation during the industrial revolution; his resilience and adaptability illuminating his power and importance in Western culture. Prometheus is an essential introduction to the Promethean myth for all readers of classics, the arts and literature alike.
Categories: History

Plotinus in Dialogue with the Gnostics

Plotinus in Dialogue with the Gnostics

1-7; reprinted in The Ancient Concept of Progress, Oxford, Clarendon Press,
1973, pp. 126-139): “This doctrine was not traditional in the Platonic school:
Plotinus says it was notoot ooEow 16w dtAAoov (4. 8. 8). It may have been
suggested ...

Author: Jean-Marc Narbonne

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004203266

Category: Religion

Page: 152

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The point of view put forth in the following pages differs greatly from the common perspective according to which the treatises 30 to 33 constitute a single work, a Großschrift, and this single work, Plotinus’ essential response to the Gnostics. Our perspective is that of an ongoing discussions with his “Gnostic”—yet Platonizing—friends, which started early in his writings (at least treatise 6), developed into what we could call a Großzyklus (treatises 27 to 39), and went on in later treatises as well (e. g. 47-48, 51).
Categories: Religion

Simone Weil

Simone Weil

Plutarch, Symposium 8.2. For an engaging review see E. R. Dodds, The Ancient
Concept of Progress and Other Essays on Greek Literature and Belief (Oxford:
Oxford University Press, 1985) chap. 1, esp. pp. 14–15. 31. C 1:1 10, 2:171; 3:

Author: Thomas R. Nevin

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press

ISBN: 9780807863596

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 504

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Over fifty years after her death, Simone Weil (1909-1943) remains one of the most searching religious inquirers and political thinkers of the twentieth century. Albert Camus said she had a "madness for truth." She rejected her Jewishness and developed a strong interest in Catholicism, although she never joined the Catholic church. Both an activist and a scholar, she constantly spoke out against injustice and aligned herself with workers, with the colonial poor in France, and with the opressed everywhere. She came to believe that suffering itself could be a way to unity with God, and her death at thirty-four has been recorded as suicide by starvation. This extraordinary study is primarily a topography of Weil's mind, but Thomas Nevin is persuaded that her thought is inextricably bound to her life and dramatic times. Thus, he not only addresses her thoughts and her prejudices but examines her reasons for entertaining them and gives them a historical focus. He claims that to Weil's generation the Spanish War, the Popular Front, the ascendance of Hitlerism, and the Vichy years were not mere backdrops but definitive events. Nevin explores in detail not only matters of continuing interest, such as Weil's leftist politics and her attempt to embrace Christianity, but also hitherto unexamined aspects of her life and work which permit a deeper understanding of her: her writings on science, her work as a poet and dramatist, and her selective friendships. The thread uniting these topics is her struggle to maintain her independence as a free thinker while resisting community such as Judaism could have offered her. Her intellectual struggles eloquently reveal the desperate isolation of Jews torn between the lure of assimilation and the tormented dignity of their communal history. Nevin's massive research draws on the full range of essays, notebooks, and fragments from the Simone Weil archives in Paris, many of which have never been translated or published. Originally published in 1991. A UNC Press Enduring Edition -- UNC Press Enduring Editions use the latest in digital technology to make available again books from our distinguished backlist that were previously out of print. These editions are published unaltered from the original, and are presented in affordable paperback formats, bringing readers both historical and cultural value.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography