Category Edith Hamilton

Arguing With Art – William Lonn

Pindar in Edith Hamilton’s The Greek Way The Don Quijote Honors College has published several essays on Edith Hamilton’s books The Greek Way and The Roman Way. By now it should be clear that Hamilton, through a series of vignettes about different artists, philosophers, or modes of production, wants to explain the way(s) of a society. […]

Edith Hamilton’s “The Roman Way”: Terence, Plautus, and The Rome of Cicero – William Lonn

In The Roman Way, Edith Hamilton sets out to portray what life, in general, was like within the Roman civilization and, furthermore, the impact Rome has had on the modern Western world.  As you recall, the first two chapters cover how much information about everyday Roman life can be gained from reading the comedies of […]

Edith Hamilton’s “The Roman Way” Chapters 1 & 2 – Tyler Tennant

Aspects of Roman civilization, including language, popular culture, science, and religion, are given considerable amount of study in many modern undergraduate degrees. Drama was a significant part of Roman culture, and Edith Hamilton believes that much of the spirit of the Roman people can be found in this drama they loved so dearly. For some, […]

Edith Hamilton on “The Greek Style of Writing” – William Lonn

During the panel discussion at this year’s Teach-in, the gathered scholars addressed the importance of studying history and its related fields. Art history was among the subsidiary fields considered. After describing the delineation between History and Art History as a trivial distinction, David McCullough, Pulitzer prize-winning author of Truman and John Adams, remarked that often […]

Edith Hamilton’s “The Greek Way” Chapters 1 and 2 – Benjamin Clark

Greeks seem to occupy a variable space in the average undergraduate education. Most of us are probably aware that, at present, the people of Greece suffer under an economic burden that makes ours look trifling. We also know that somewhere offstage they keep all their headless marble trunks, boring Doric columns, patents to democracy and […]

Edith Hamilton’s “The Roman Way” Chapters V-VII – Sarah Smith

Letters, Language, and Identity in the Writings of Caesar, Cicero, and Catullus In The Roman Way Chapters V – VII, Edith Hamilton discusses Cicero, greatest of orators and politician in the time of Julius Caesar, and a few of his contemporaries—namely, Caesar himself and Catullus the poet. The chapters detail some of Cicero’s speeches, letters […]

Edith Hamilton’s “The Way of the East and the West in Art” – William Lonn

The beginning of Edith Hamilton’s The Greek Way is an argument for Greek exceptionalism. Greek civilization achieved a level of unparalleled proficiency in philosophy, art, and architecture because it was entirely different from all societies that came before it and everything that would follow. Hamilton proposes that, for the first time in human history, people […]