The Greek Way to Western Civilization

By: Edith Hamilton, read in 2008

21 Old Greek definition of happiness: "The exercise of vital powers along lines of excellence in a life affording them scope."
114 Euripides was the first to condemn slavery.
190 Sophocles: "nothing that is vast enters into the life of mortals without a curse." Antigone
190 All Greek words that mean literally boundless, indefinite, unlimited, have a bad connotation. The Greek liked what he could see clearly. The infinite was unpleasant to him."
209 Socrates: "To find the Father and Maker of all is hard, and having found him it is impossible to utter him."

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