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Author: Peter Milward

Category: History, Philosophy, Geography, Religion
Number of pages: 66
Size: A5

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Viewer: ActiBook
Language: English



Book Summary

The origins of Western culture are to be seen partly in the Greek classics, and partly in the Jewish Scriptures, which both flow into the Christian culture of the West. As for the Greek classics, what is most impressive in them is the ideal of Man to be found as well in the literature as in the philosophy. The literature begins with Homer, and may be traced through the great tragedians, Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides, to its culmination in the speeches of Demosthenes. The philosophy appears chiefly in the triumvirate of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle, as well as in the later Stoics and Epicureans. Whereas Greek thought is largely original, that of Rome is largely derivative from Greece.

Author Profile

Peter Milward was born in London on October 12, 1925, and educated at Wimbledon College (a Jesuit high school). He entered the Society of Jesus in 1943, and after various studies he went on to specialize in the Classics and English at Oxford University. He came to Japan in 1954 and after further studies was ordained priest in 1960. From 1962 onwards he has taught English literature at Sophia University in Tokyo. In addition to founding the Renaissance Institute, the Hopkins Society of Japan and the Chesterton Society of Japan, he has published some 400 books, mostly as textbooks for Japanese students, many of them translated into Japanese, but now most of them out of print. Several of his books, especially those on the drama of Shakespeare and the poetry of Hopkins, have been published in England and America. Even in retirement he is still teaching and writing, as he enters his 88th year (or beiju).