The Traveller’s Guide to Classical Philosophy

Professor John Gaskin
Published by Thames & Hudson

John Gaskin presents the perfect primer for anyone interested in the foundation of Western thought, and a unique companion for visitors to classical sites.

The Greeks were the first to ask and discuss in a rational way two fundamental questions that never cease to concern thinking human beings: what is the nature of the universe, and what can I make of my brief time in it? Their answers, developed between the 8th century BC and the 4th century AD, are as relevant today as they were in ancient times.

In this clear and evocative account, John Gaskin unfolds the thinking about nature, life, death and other worlds that informed the culture and society of the classical world, drawing out its interest for modern readers. Witty sketches and diagrams enliven the story, which runs from Homeric Greece to the banning of pagan religions in AD 391. The book concludes with a gazetteer describing notable sites and the people and ideas connected with them, making it an ideal companion for visitors to classical ruins and for all armchair travellers curious to explore life’s big questions.

Published by Thames & Hudson
Paperback
192 pages
21 illustrations
198 mm x 129 mm

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