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Leech argues against a simplistic view of the Greeks as radical fatalists, underlining their view of the equally prevalent Greek ideas of individual freedom and self-determination.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-60724-660-2
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Publication Status: In Print

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 373
Publication Date: Sep 23,2009
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 29
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-60724-660-2
$36.00

The Ancient Greeks have often been accused of being universally fatalistic – that is to say that man is not master of his fate but that fate masters him. Do what he will he can-not escape his destiny. Indeed, a superficial reading of Greek literature often suggests such a view, but as Prof. Leech shows, a closer reading of Greek literature shows a far more nuanced and varied view of the role of Fate in the lives of men. With the view of the Greeks as fatalistic still prevalent in discussions of Classical literature, this essay remains relevant and illuminating to the understanding of key works of Classical literature and philosophy.

The Ancient Greeks have often been accused of being universally fatalistic – that is to say that man is not master of his fate but that fate masters him. Do what he will he can-not escape his destiny. Indeed, a superficial reading of Greek literature often suggests such a view, but as Prof. Leech shows, a closer reading of Greek literature shows a far more nuanced and varied view of the role of Fate in the lives of men. With the view of the Greeks as fatalistic still prevalent in discussions of Classical literature, this essay remains relevant and illuminating to the understanding of key works of Classical literature and philosophy.

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Abby Leech

  • AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHILOLOGY: I - FATALISM OF THE GREEKS (page 5)
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