Official Review: From Savagery to Civilization

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Official Review: From Savagery to Civilization

Post by Renu G » 12 May 2019, 02:52

[Following is an official review of "From Savagery to Civilization" by Vincent Hannity.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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When I saw From Savagery to Civilization: The Power of Greek Mythology, I instantly decided to read it. It is an excellent book authored by Vincent Hannity who has been exploring classic literature for more than 50 years.

The book begins with a timeline of the classical world and a map of ancient Greece and Italy. The writer explicates the commonalities between ancient myths: war and bloodshed, graphic sexuality by gods and men, human endurance in suffering, heroic warriors, goddesses and women of alluring beauty and sexuality, and examples of authentic humanity (love and compassion). An underlying theme runs through these myths although they are diverse and arise from different contexts. They convey the story of the maturation of Greek culture from savagery to civilization.

I enjoyed reading Hannity’s analysis of the Bronze Age (3000-1000 BC) which was “nasty, brutish, and short.” Further on, his explanation made me aware of how people survived through hardship and suffering to become wiser and more sophisticated. I liked his narratives of the creation myths and critique of Freud’s theory of the Oedipus complex. One of the most touching scenes is where two enemies (Priam and Achilles) weep together. This is my favorite part of the book.

The theme of suffering, dying, and rising in classic literature has surprised me and is causing me to reflect on how it must have influenced Christianity. Reading this book will probably have an impact on my theological reflections in the future. The author’s analysis of Greek texts and how they influenced Roman/Latin literature is intriguing. Although I have explored classical western philosophy, and the themes considered in this book are not new to me, I have personally gained a lot from it. The author explains the development of classical mythology from savagery to civilization.

Hannity has a degree in English, and this book is very well edited. I did not find a single grammatical error. The font is suitable for the theme, and the text glows with clarity of thought as well as depth. The illustrations by Erin Ann Jensen have a profound impact on the reader. On the cover page, the artist depicts the essence of Greek mythology through the portrait of a person with tearful eyes. The poignant humanness of this personality exudes from the sketch.

For all the above reasons, I am very happy to award this book 4 out of 4 stars. I recommend it for adults who are interested in learning more about classical western literature. Scripture scholars and theologians doing research on Judaism and Christianity will benefit immensely from the author’s insights. Philosophers, psychologists, poets, and dramatists will also find it very entertaining.

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Post by Brendan Donaghy » 13 May 2019, 03:34

This is the kind of book I feel I ought to read, but probably won't! Great review, though - you make this book sound very interesting.

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Post by Imela Irene » 13 May 2019, 05:37

Civilization by Vincent Hannity Is a,very good book to review I have learned a lot About sexual abuse many girls are suffering because of sexual abuse I have learn thatmost of the beautiful girls are being asexually hurrused by gods that's where girl get problems during their birth

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Post by Rachel Lea » 13 May 2019, 08:15

Your review is very well-written and this book sounds fascinating. I've always been irresistibly drawn to the stories of ancient mythologies, particularly the Greek myths. I loved how you included how the book affected your own thinking personally. Great job!
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Post by ElizaBeth Adams » 13 May 2019, 08:18

Great review. I enjoy history and the connection between a culture and its literature. However, this time period is not my cup of nerdom. Thanks for your thoughts.

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Post by GatugiM » 13 May 2019, 08:45

The book sounds very interesting and I like how you have written your review. Thanks to your review am drawn to reading this book.

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Post by kdstrack » 13 May 2019, 10:23

The author's fifty years of research gives weight to the depth of his knowledge. This sounds very intriguing. I really liked your recommendations . Great review. Thanks.

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Post by kandscreeley » 13 May 2019, 12:10

This sounds great if you really like classical literature or mythology. I'm not really into either, and I think this would be more like reading a textbook for me - simply a drudgery. I'm glad you enjoyed it, but I'm passing.
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Post by amjohnson13mommy » 13 May 2019, 13:15

Oedipus complex, wow I have not heard that term in in decades! A long time ago I thought Greek mythology was a bit interesting so I think I will add this book to my bookshelves.
Thanks for the descriptive review!

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Post by SamSim » 13 May 2019, 13:56

"Hannity has a degree in English, and this book is very well edited. I did not find a single grammatical error. The font is suitable for the theme, and the text glows with clarity of thought as well as depth. The illustrations by Erin Ann Jensen have a profound impact on the reader."
Well, I'm sold. Thanks for the recommendation and the equally well-written review!
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