The Good, the Bad and the Ugly started with the Greeks

Remember the movie “My Big, Fat Greek Wedding” when the father of the bride kept saying throughout the movie, “the root of every word is Greek”?

Well, he wasn’t joking. It’s not only the root of every word, but also the origin of everything in our contemporary lives traces back to the Greeks. And this is what Simon Goldhill elaborated aesthetically in his book “Love, Sex & Tragedy/ How the Ancient World Shapes Our Lives”.
Most history books tend to be lengthy and, most of the times, boring. But Goldhill’s story-telling style makes this 321p book a page-turner although each page is loaded with valuable information. It kept me awake for nights and I loved every part of it.
The author dwells into Arts, literature, theatre, poetry, athletics, politics, democracy, philosophy and science, medicine, status of women in the society and the concept of human rights, ethics, schools of education, entertainment, heterosexuality and homosexuality, the way we perceive human body and how we idealize it, culture integration (Western) and religion roots, all meshed in history through the lens of the present day. And unlike most books of the kind, Goldhill displays facts taken from history books, and compare those to contemporary acts and events, but he leaves a huge space in the mind to reflect and analyze all our belief systems today, and how it was integrated from the ancient world, and this is the beauty of this book.

And talking about the ancients, I would recommend the HBO series of “Rome”, the first season is already out in the market and the second season should be out sometime early August.

7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. brainless
    Jul 17, 2007 @ 12:32:44

    rome sucks big time ,, realy slow show but i liked that kid octavian or somthing like that


  2. kila_ma6goog
    Jul 17, 2007 @ 12:32:55

    تصدقين هاب اقرأ الكامل في التاريخ لابن أثير

    نعم هناك بعض المعلومات المفيدة لكنه يطلع روحج من الملل على ما تلقين شي مفيد

    المهم قررت قبل يومين ان الأفلام الوثائقية أفضل من الكتب و اسهل للمتابعة

    قمت طلبت اكثر من 25 فلم وثائقي عن التاريخ و الأديان و الأرض

    و ناطر وصولهم عالأرامكس


  3. AyyA
    Jul 17, 2007 @ 19:06:05

    I do agree with you, in a sense, that some scenes in “Rome” are terrible, especially the ones displaying violence. But the period of transition from the Roman republic to a Roman empire was a bloody one, full of civil wars, betrayals, and treachery. But then again, it’s history. We have to know it so that we’d learn how to deal with our present day.

    History is written by biased people, and when a book of history relies on a single source, and there is no other way to verify the contents, it ceases to hold facts. And that’s why I stopped long ago reading Arabic history books.
    And btw your comment reminded me of a passage in the book I’m posting about “ Thucydides, the cynical…takes Herodotus’ principle of investigation to the highest methodological level. “For most people,” he declares, “searching for the truth is indifferent activity; they incline to what is simply available.” We should not trust “poets who decorate and exaggerate in their songs…and chronicles who compose more to attract listeners than to find the truth. Their evidence cannot be tested, and most of it, because of the passage of time, is untrustworthy and passed into myth.”
    And about the documentaries, I agree with you that it’s much easier and faster to get information, and btw, I’m a fan of those and have a great collection myself. But nothing can be as valuable as a good book.


  4. بن كريشان
    Jul 17, 2007 @ 22:09:07

    Dear Ayya,

    In my “My Big, Fat Greek Wedding I love the grand mother character




  5. AyyA
    Jul 18, 2007 @ 06:28:40

    LOL Ben, she’s my favorite too
    عايشه في عالمها الخاص و ما لها شغل باحد


  6. jewaira
    Jul 20, 2007 @ 14:51:01

    “We’re all different but in the end we’re all fruit”

    Simple words with big meaning


  7. AyyA
    Jul 20, 2007 @ 21:32:36

    How many of us understand those words though?


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