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Slattery talks about big ideas in simple, sensible language. And he takes you to the places where these ideas were born.

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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. 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.

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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.

Tara van Beurden rated it liked it Jul 24, Donna rated it really liked it Sep 27, Ada rated it liked it Jul 08, TweetMags rated it really liked it Jul 07, B W rated it liked it Dec 18, Slarice marked it as to-read Dec 02, Kath added it Jul 25, Darren added it Oct 18, Jan Porter is currently reading it Jul 29, But this is a minor point: A deeper insight into relevance is given in the fine discussion of nostalgia. I had always felt embarrassed by my own tendencies in this direction, fearing that there was something disreputable about this emotion.

In Slattery's generous and perceptive analysis, it becomes something wonderful: He admits to an aching longing to return to an imagined home, the dwelling place of Greek myth. We tend to be a bit nervous about such retrospective desires; but because Slattery is so obviously at home in the modern world as well we can take courage from his example. We may have feared that nostalgia was incompatible with being up-to-date.

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But he shows us how these things sit together; like much good education his writing encourages a more sensible view of ourselves. It is striking that Slattery achieves this liberation not by bludgeoning us with clever arguments or forcing a grudging intellectual assent, but by example - by being nice to us. For fear of nostalgia is just that, a fear, and the way past fear is the right kind of leadership, not the marshalling of intellectual battalions. Nostalgia as he puts it can be "a conduit for the ideas and tastes of the Greek world" into our own: Slattery is teaching us how to love what he loves.

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This is the final truth about relevance: Slattery is bold enough to say what he honestly feels: Because Slattery has made his name as a journalist and his journalistic inheritance is a little too apparent in the sub-chapter headings we might not appreciate just how sharp his insights are.

In his discussion of the interplay of the god Apollo, who embodies restraint and reason, and Dionysus, who celebrates riotous excess, Slattery follows in the steps of Nietzsche.

But despite having taught Nietzsche's thesis, I found Slattery's discussion bringing home for the first time precisely the power, and the limitations, of this idea. Slattery's work is representative of a movement in modern thought - one that, as yet, has no special name.