Asianic Elements in Greek Civilisation can appear in some ways to be a frenetic work. It represents the compilation of significant scholarly research and rich personal experience of Asia Minor in a series of twenty-one lectures that can at times feel disjointed. The richness of the work is its ability to focus on both cultural and historical aspects of a region with rich traditions. The actual subject of the lectures is the region Ramsay repeatedly refers to as Anatolia, by which he means the greater land area of present day Turkey, as well as the islands of Crete and Cyprus.
Asianic Elements in Greek Civilisation
Asianic Elements in Greek Civilization is a wide-ranging collection of lectures which share a very broad premise, put perhaps more clearly by one reviewer than by the title actually given to the series: those ‘who would understand Greek literature and civilisation must again and again seek clues in Anatolia’. Ramsay most clearly lays out this purpose in the first chapter and then draws it back together in chapter 21. The work should be approached as a rich collection of a life’s work and travel. Although sometimes frenetic, several broader themes emerge in the study.
- R. Scott Spurlock, University of Edinburgh