Modern Traits in Old Greek Life

Modern Traits in Old Greek Life

Modern Traits in Old Greek Life

Modern Traits in Old Greek Life

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Much new light has been thrown on the course of daily life in old Greece by the investigations of scholars in the last three decades. Besides increasing archaeological and epigraphical material, the papyri from Egypt have opened to view fresh stores of knowledge concerning the public and private life of Greeks in the Hellenistic period, from much of which interesting inferences can be drawn for the classical age.

The following pages are an attempt to show how far the manners and customs of ancient Hellas have left their mark on the routine of our modern daily life. It does not pretend to be a complete handbook of the subject, and the plan of the Series of which the book forms a part precludes the citation of authorities in learned notes. Nor can it do more than hint at the quality of that ineffable thing which we call the Greek spirit. All that is hoped is that the work may make clear the abounding vitality of ancient Greece in European and American life.

CHARLES BURTON GULICK

HARVARD UNIVERSITY October, 1926 . . .

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