By E. H. Gombrich
E. H. Gombrich’s bestselling heritage of the realm for younger readers tells the tale of mankind from the Stone Age to the atomic bomb, focusing no longer on small element yet at the sweep of human event, the level of human fulfillment, and the intensity of its frailty. The manufactured from a beneficiant and humane sensibility, this undying account makes intelligible the whole span of human background. In 40 concise chapters, Gombrich tells the tale of guy from the stone age to the atomic bomb. In among emerges a colourful photo of wars and conquests, grand artistic endeavors, and the unfold and boundaries of technology. it is a textual content ruled now not via dates and proof, yet by means of the sweep of mankind’s adventure around the centuries, a advisor to humanity’s achievements and an acute witness to its frailties.
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52). Now let’s enter the sphere of pure gossip. Great awkwardness, on the part of both ancient authors as well as scholars of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, was occasioned by the figure of Herpyllis, a woman who “was good” to Aristotle, and for whom he wished to ensure a quiet existence. ” Otherwise, if she chose not to get married, Aristotle ordered that she be lodged in one of his houses, in Stagira or in the section of the house at Chalcis reserved for guests, and that these houses should be supplied with all the 16 • Chapter One • furnishings necessary, in the judgment of Herpyllis herself.
9). 2). Aristotle conformed to a tradition, attested to as early as the period of the Sophists,28 of choosing a famous master from whom to learn philosophy. We know nothing specific about his reason for coming to Athens. As I have already noted above (p. 11), the Arabic biographer Usaibia stated that Aristotle’s guardian, Proxenus, entrusted the young man to Plato, because Proxenus and Plato were friends. 30 What did Aristotle find when he arrived in Athens to study philosophy? According to H. von Arnim’s reconstruction (1898, ch.
132). The many passages in which Aristotle speaks about medicine do not give any useful indications on this point. 9 Dionysius of Halicarnassus tells us that Aristotle’s mother was a descendant of the Chalcidians who founded Stagira. Thucydides, however, claims that Stagira was founded by colonists from Andros, as we have seen, and not by Chalcidians. In antiquity, to say that someone was descended from the founders of a polis was a way of honoring them. 14). 10 Aristotle also had a brother called Arimnestus,11 who died before Aristotle, without children, and was mentioned in his will.
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