The shades of the dead cry out from both sides of the Dardanelles. On Turkey’s eastern shore, close to the mouth of the Hellespont, stands a ruined citadel believed to be Homer’s Troy. On the western side of the narrows, facing the site of the first and still the greatest of war stories, rises the blood-soaked Gallipoli peninsula. The soldiers of the ill-fated expeditionary force could hardly ignore the Homeric echoes. The warship Agamemnon, named after the most arrogant of Homer’s belligerents, was a constant reminder in this myth-drenched region. The maps drawn up by the Imperial war planners bore their own reminder of glamorous antiquity: the British forces were to land at Hellas. Many officers and soldiers of were, like Shaw Stewart and the Australian war correspondent Charles Bean, classically educated. Bean’s diaries are peppered with reflections on the classics. But the most potent classical allusion of the war was delivered to the troops themselves, in an address by General Ian Hamilton. In another few thousand years the two stories will have blended into one.
The Tenth Muse
The dust is blown off a powerful and much neglected part of our cultural heritage, writes Michael McGirr. Some time ago, the son of a friend of mine had reached a stage of life where he liked nothing more than to unsettle his father. Nearing the end of year 12, he thought he had at last found the means to put the old man well and truly off his cornflakes.
He announced that he intended to go to university to study classics. Classic is a word that has been so stripped of value that it has long been used to describe a style of jeans, soft-drink bottle or car. But the young man meant he wanted to spend time in the arcane and yet strangely familiar world of Greek and Latin language and literature.
Luke Slattery is a journalist, culture writer and book critic. In addition to his journalism, Slattery has published long-form non-fiction, including dating Dating Aphrodite : Modern Adventures in the Ancient World. M , was published in it is an imagined history of Elizabeth Macquarie, set over one long sleepless night. Slattery had previously covered similar terrain in his non-fiction work The Dismissal , which mapped the collaboration of Lachlan Macquarie and architect Francis Greenaway.
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IT IS hard to imagine a more companionable guide to the myths and heroes, ideas and attitudes of the ancient Greeks and Romans than Luke Slattery. He weaves his elegant discussions of the stories and personalities of the ancient world into the narrative of his own wanderings on classic soil. At Gallipoli, near the site of ancient Troy, he introduces us to The Iliad. Homer’s story of violence, defeat, heroism and respect for the enemy becomes all the more powerful when it is brought into dialogue with our own need for myth and truth.
Then Slattery is off to Ithaca, the home Odysseus took so long to reach. Weaving together the charming narrative of his own journey with bright, intelligent discussions of the great themes of ancient culture – love, the gods, the meaning of life – serves a serious purpose.
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Intense interest today fixes on its unparalleled trove of tightly rolled and carbonised papyrus scrolls. Dating Aphrodite by Luke Slattery. The library.
Convert currency. Add to Basket. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. A combination of travel book on history book, and a meditation on what it means to be an Australian in the media saturated 21st century, this book takes you to the actual places where the big ideas of Western civilisation were born. The author shows you the real landscape and explains how, even today, the spirit of these places and the meanings that can be found their shine through.
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News in English. Then Slattery is off to Ithaca, the home Odysseus took so long to reach. Weaving together the charming narrative of his own journey with bright, intelligent discussions of the great themes of ancient culture – love, the gods, the meaning of life -serves a serious purpose. What, for example, can we learn from paganism, with its multiple limited and imperfect gods? Well, perhaps we could apply this today.
It sounds quite nice, but really what it means is that religious people should give up their beliefs.
Here Luke Slattery breathes dramatic life into Australia’s first political (with Geoffrey Maslen), Dating Aphrodite- Modern Adventures in the Ancient World, and.
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Luke Slattery is a Sydney-based journalist, editor and columnist. Mrs M is his first foray into historical fiction and already a strong staff favourite. His publishers, Harper Collins have said it is,. Elizabeth Macquarie, widow of the disgraced former Governor of New South Wales, Lachlan Macquarie, is in mourning — not only for her husband, but the loss of their shared dream to transform the penal colony into a bright new world. A stirring, provocative and thrilling novel of passion, ideas, reforming zeal and desire.
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Dating Aphrodite: Modern Adventures in the Ancient World By Luke Slattery ABC Books $ IT IS hard to imagine a more companionable.
Mrs M is his fifth book, and his first novel. Does the latest film of Alexander the Great do him justice? Are you a pagan at heart? Why is there a worldwide revival of interest in the Classics? Slattery talks about big ideas in simple, sensible language. And he takes you to the places where these ideas were born. He shows you the landscape and explains how, even today, the spirit of these places shines through. Slattery is a journalist, culture writer and book critic whose work has appeared in the Australian, the Financial Review, the Age, the UK Spectator, the times Literary Supplement and the International Herald tribune.
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Several University of Sydney people are appearing in Writers Festival events, including Professor Margaret Harris, editor of Christina Stead’s letters, and Kate Grenville, who wrote her latest award-winning novel as writer-in-residence at the University. Blake Blake. From the time Christina Stead, a shy Australian girl in London , met William J Blake, a cosmopolitan American, theirs was one of the great love stories.
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Labirint Ozon. Luke Slattery. Epicureanism has been diluted into a byword for gourmet dining, but does the original ancient Greek ‘philosophy of the Garden’ contain insight that could save the world? Luke Slattery argues that reading Epicurus could help us rethink our materialist ways and challenge the inevitability of man-made climate change. Rather than appealing to altruism, or calling for revolution in the global economy, the Epicurean philosophy turns the developed world’s credo of ‘greed is good’ on its head, counselling that genuine happiness comes from the quieting of desire; from less, not more.
And that might just be the mindset we need to rein in unsustainable development. In this thoughtful Penguin Special, Slattery traces the radicalism of classical Epicurean thought, and its popularity despite political suppression.