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The Theology of the Early Greek Philosophers [Hardcover]

Werner Wilhelm Jaeger

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May 1980 0313212627 978-0313212628 New edition
Jaeger interprets the history of Greek philosophical theology as the history of a rational approach through successive stages to the nature of reality.

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  • Hardcover: 259 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwood Pub Group; New edition edition (May 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313212627
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313212628
  • Shipping Weight: 726 g

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic History of Greek Thought Feb. 7 2007
By Unmoved Mover - Published on Amazon.com
While modern authors tend to focus on the Orphic cults of the Greeks in order to explain their attachment to theology, Jaeger (nearly 50 years dead) does an excellent job of tracing the lineage of Greek theology, the "approach of God through Logos," as the father of their later philosophical systems. He examines this early period of speculative philosophy and reductive reasoning with absolute ease, illuminating complex (and often historiographical) arguments with plain and concise language.

The book, a collection of lectures given a narrative form by the author, is just about the best study on the subject history has yet to offer. It makes a good companion to his seminal three volume series on Greek paideia as well as to his later work, "Early Christianity and Greek Paideia," which was also derived from his Gifford Lectures.

A quick note to casual students, however: the book was written in the 1940's, when classical scholars presupposed a knowledge of Greek amongst their readers. As a result, the work is peppered with ancient Greek. If you're not familiar with the Greek alphabet, you may want to have a Greek-English dictionary handy. Those with even a casual knowledge of Greek phonetics should do just fine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars EUREKA!! El Supremo!! Dec 30 2004
By Alberich - Published on Amazon.com
This is the hardest book i've ever tackled and the finest introduction to Early Greek thought that i have ever seen! The Late Werner Jaeger also produced a great gift to students of the Ancients with his superb 3 volumes entitled Paideia: The Ideals of Greek Culture [Paideia is Greek for Culture, Education, Civilization] but this seemingly small volume even surpasses his Magnum Opus in brilliance!...

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