It's All Greek to Me

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It's All Greek to Me

From Homer to the Hippocratic Oath, How Ancient Greece Has Shaped Our World

By Charlotte Higgins

HarperTorch, Hardcover, 9780061804007, 229pp.

Publication Date: March 9, 2010

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It's All Greek to Me is so readable, with a directness and clarity that's enormously engaging. . . . What an excellent book. Phillip Pullman

An informative, smart, and very amusing narrative about the enormous influence Greeks and Greek culture have had on the rest of the world, from art to architecture to literature to politics to love.



Praise For It's All Greek to Me

“Higgins delivers digestible précis and peppy plot summaries. . . . A love letter to ancient Greece.”
-The Telegraph

“A highly entertaining bluffer’s guide to Greek culture, philosophy, and politics.”
-Sunday Times (London)

“With a marvellous display of knowledgeable enthusiasm and a keen talent for compression, (Higgins) shows just precisely why the Greeks matter.”
-The Guardian

“Higgins takes on classical Greek, covering politics, barbarians, love, epic and ethics, all done with panache and sly wit.”
-Scotland on Sunday

“Higgins’s sparky style makes her subject matter so palatable that… her readers may not feel the need to seek out the classics because she has distilled them all too well.”
-Time Out London

“In It’s All Greek to Me, Charlotte Higgins does a great job in conveying the heart of Greek culture to a general audience. Perfect for the stocking.”
-Mary Beard, History Today

“[It] is so readable, with a directness and clarity that’s enormously engaging. Every generation needs to rediscover the Greeks: and Charlotte Higgins has provided this one with a wonderful map of the territory and all kinds of help on the way. . . . What an excellent book.”
-Phillip Pullman

“A completely excellent guide to Greek poetry, drama, philosophy, history and culture. Philip Pullman has said that he would put it into every school and every teacher-training course and I’d echo that. . . . Highly entertaining as well as informative.”
-A.N. Wilson, Evening Standard