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Return to Book Page. Preview — Dating Aphrodite by Luke Slattery. Does the latest film of Alexander the Great do him justice? Are you a pagan at heart?
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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.
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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. His writing is clear, accessible, evocative and opinionated in the best journalistic tradition. Hardcover , pages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Dating Aphrodite , please sign up.
Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Jul 02, Karolina rated it really liked it. Luke Slattery Dating Aphrodite: But if you are a raving Philhellene like I am, you will enjoy it just as much. Sep 18, Heidi rated it really liked it Shelves: This book is a collection of antiquarian inspired essays.
The author goes in search of Troy and finds evidence for the enduring legacy of The Iliad and The Odyssey. There are essays on the nature of love and religious tolerance. The book is an interesting reminder of the reasons for an enduring interest in Greek gods and heroes and seeks to encapsulate the "enchantment of myth".
Feb 03, Diane rated it liked it Shelves: I liked the book. It was worth reading. Maybe the intended buyers were high school Latin students. But rest assured, there are sane folk who take pleasure and comfort in the reassuring shape of Latin sentences. Some of them are seeking refuge from the traumatic stress disorder suffered by the English language. Others are young people who are bored to sobs by Big Brother. Luke Slattery is part of this cultural resistance. His account of classic mainly Greek culture, Dating Aphrodite , is part of a growing trend in non-fiction writing, one that answers a profound need.
The problem for those wanting to find their way up to the attic is not shortage of material. It is the opposite. Enter the name of Homer, the blind Greek bard who sang The Iliad and The Odyssey , into Google and within seconds you will get 21,, hits.
Admittedly, a good number of these are for Homer Simpson. But the point is obvious. The culture we inhabit is changing from one based on memory, a human art, to one based on retention. Telstra may retain an account of every phone number you ever dialled. But the tenderness of a conversation over the phone can't be retained, only remembered. Memory leads to story-telling.
Dating Aphrodite is an important act of cultural memory. This book and others that take readers by the hand and make them welcome in a particular intellectual passion of the author are a counterweight to the search engine. They are more like rescue engines.
Dating Aphrodite: Modern Adventures in the Ancient World
Slattery's enthusiasm for the classics is longstanding. He remembers his childhood encounters with Homer: This comment is a clue to perhaps the one shortcoming of Slattery's tour of classical storytelling, myth-making and truth-finding. He lets us rub shoulders briefly with St Paul, but doesn't really have much interest in how Christianity helped shape the late classic world and was shaped by it. Given that Slattery's persuasive argument for a new classical literacy is based on an understanding that "the classical world is contemporary", it wouldn't hurt to recall that Christianity is also still around.
Dating Aphrodite is a hospitable book. It touches on the resonances between Gallipoli and Troy, it goes to Ithaca, it retells superbly the story of Alexander the Great, it undertakes a small odyssey in search of the writer Paddy Leigh Fermor, it investigates the tensions between Apollo and Dionysius, it explores the figure of Pan, it seeks to rescue love from the claws of cliche.
Slattery's fresh insight is born of rational passion.