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Here are five reasons to study with Bloomsbury Academic resources:
1. Delve Into Philosophy
Humankind has always been inquisitive, striving to understand the meaning of life, the nature of knowledge, the mysteries of love, and more. During this search for answers, philosophies have been developed, debated, and defended. This centuries-long debate continues to this very day.
Bloomsbury Academic offers the best in philosophy resources. Looking for a thorough introduction to the philosophy of the ancient world? The eight-volume Bloomsbury Academic Philosophy Collection guides you through the major philosophers and worldviews of the ancient world—Platonism, neoplatonism, stoicism, Epicureanism, and skepticism—and how they continue to impact Western thought today. Even if you don’t agree with the philosophies, exploring their arguments can help you strengthen your own beliefs, sharpen your critical thinking skills, and illuminate the diverse worldviews that exist today.
Interested in a particular philosopher? Bloomsbury Academic offers collections of Plato’s dialogues and Aristotle’s works. Each collection features scholarly introductions, annotated texts, and select translations, helping you engage with these great minds like never before.
2. Understand the Cultural Climate of the New Testament Era
The New Testament came together at a time when diverse cultures, worldviews, and philosophies were in collision. Biblical writers, such as John and Paul, lived within this time and often wrote in direct response to the different beliefs they encountered. By understanding the world they lived in, you can better understand what they wrote. The 10-volume Bloomsbury Academic Greek and Roman Studies Collection delivers a wealth of information about life in ancient Greece and Rome—the diverse religious beliefs, traditions, classes, and politics—helping you understand the cultural context of early Christianity.
In addition, several Bloomsbury Academic collections feature ancient writings that discuss Rome’s development from a republic to an empire, like Livy’s History of Rome, Lucan’s De Bello Civili, and Tacitus’ Annals—which discusses the persecution of early Christians. With the backdrop of these writings, the arrival of Jesus and his message of mercy become even more miraculous.
3. Learn Classical Greek
Imagine reading the timeless works of Homer, Sophocles, and Herodotus in their original Greek.
Bloomsbury Academic’s Beginning Greek with Homer equips you to study Greek while reading one of the inaugural works of Western literature—the Odyssey. This guide begins with the Greek alphabet and translation exercises, then takes you through the epic poem in 25 sections.
Already know a little Classical Greek? The five-volume Bloomsbury Academic Greek Prose Reading Course is perfect for you. The collection features the writings of the historian Thucydides, philosopher Plato, and the orators Demosthenes and Lysia. In addition to these original-language works, you’ll get lessons on word formation and syntax, dedicated vocabularies organized by parts of speech, and notes on the language, style, and subject matter.
Already an expert in Classical Greek? Keep your language skills sharp by reading more original-language works.
4. Explore Foundational Literature
Some of the most brilliant contributions to the Western canon come from ancient Greece: Homer’s epic poems, the Iliad and the Odyssey, and the works of Greek tragedians Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides.
The themes and artistry of these writings have resonated through thousands of years of mythology, philosophy, drama, poetry, and prose. For example, James Joyce’s Ulysses was influenced by Homer’s Odyssey (as was Virgil’s epic of Rome, the Aeneid). The common themes of ancient Greek tragedies (the doomed hero, fate, divine intervention), inspired the playwright William Shakespeare, and continue to appear in the stories and entertainment people enjoy today.
In addition, these foundational works are a pleasure to read. Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey have been read and re-read for nearly 30 centuries. The tragedies of Sophocles, Aeschylus, and Euripides have been performed for over 2,000 years. The fact that they’ve captivated readers and audiences for so long is a testament to their power, elegance, and deeply human themes.
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