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              How to Tell a Joke: An Ancient Guide to the Art of Humor

              How to Tell a Joke: An Ancient Guide to the Art of Humor (Hardback)

              By Cicero, Marcus Tullius; Translated with commentary by Fontaine, Michael

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              Timeless advice about how to use humor to win over any audience Can jokes win a hostile room, a hopeless argument, or even an election? You bet they can, according to Cicero, and he knew what he was talking about. One of Rome's greatest politicians, speakers, and lawyers, Cicero ...was also reputedly one of antiquity's funniest people. After he was elected commander-in-chief and head of state, his enemies even started calling him the stand-up Consul. How to Tell a Joke provides a lively new translation of Cicero's essential writing on humor alongside that of the later Roman orator and educator Quintilian. The result is a timeless practical guide to how a well-timed joke can win over any audience. As powerful as jokes can be, they are also hugely risky. The line between a witty joke and an offensive one isn't always clear. Cross it and you'll look like a clown, or worse. Here, Cicero and Quintilian explore every aspect of telling jokes-while avoiding costly mistakes. Presenting the sections on humor in Cicero's On the Ideal Orator and Quintilian's On the Orator's Education, complete with an enlightening introduction and the original Latin on facing pages, How to Tell a Joke examines the risks and rewards of humor and analyzes basic types that readers can use to write their own jokes. Filled with insight, wit, and examples, including more than a few lawyer jokes, How to Tell a Joke will appeal to anyone interested in humor or the art of public speaking.
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              ISBN 9780691206165
              Released NZ 8 Jun 2021
              Publisher Princeton University Pre
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              How to Be a Farmer: An Ancient Guide to Life on the Land
               

              How to Be a Farmer: An Ancient Guide to Life on the Land (Hardback)

              Translated with commentary by Usher, M. D.

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              An assemblage of selections from classical literature that celebrate country living-what Roman authors called res rusticate --

              ISBN 9780691211749
              Released NZ 3 Jan 2022
              Publisher Princeton University Pre
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              How to Innovate: An Ancient Guide to Creative Thinking
               

              How to Innovate: An Ancient Guide to Creative Thinking (Hardback)

              By Aristotle; Translated with commentary by D'Angour, Armand

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              What we can learn about fostering innovation, change, and creativity in any field from some of the most innovative people of all times-the ancient Greeks When it comes to innovation, we are still catching up with the ancient Greeks. Between 800 and 300 BCE, they changed the world... with astonishing inventions-democracy, the alphabet, philosophy, logic, rhetoric, mathematical proof, rational medicine, coins, architectural canons, drama, lifelike sculpture, and competitive athletics. None of this happened by accident. Recognizing the power of the new and trying to understand and promote the conditions that make it possible, the Greeks were the first to write about innovation and even the first to record a word for forging something new. In short, the Greeks invented innovation itself-and they still have a great deal to teach us about it. How to Innovate is an engaging and entertaining introduction to key ideas about-and examples of-innovation from ancient Greece. Armand D'Angour introduces and provides lively new translations of selections from Aristotle, Diodorus, and Athenaeus, with the original Greek text on facing pages. These writings illuminate and illustrate timeless principles of creating something new-borrowing or adapting existing ideas or things, cross-fertilizing disparate elements, or criticizing and disrupting current conditions. From the true story of Archimedes's famous Eureka! moment, to Aristotle's thoughts on physical change and political innovation, to accounts of how disruption and competition drove invention in Greek warfare and the visual arts, How to Innovate is filled with valuable insights about how change happens-and how to bring it about.
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              ISBN 9780691213736
              Released NZ 3 Jan 2022
              Publisher Princeton University Pre
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              How to Keep an Open Mind: An Ancient Guide to Thinking Like a Skeptic

              How to Keep an Open Mind: An Ancient Guide to Thinking Like a Skeptic (Hardback)

              By Empiricus, Sextus; Translated with commentary by Bett, Richard

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              How ancient skepticism can help you attain tranquility by learning to suspend judgment Along with Stoicism and Epicureanism, Skepticism is one of the three major schools of ancient Greek philosophy that claim to offer a way of living as well as thinking. How to Keep an Open Mind ...provides an unmatched introduction to skepticism by presenting a fresh, modern translation of key passages from the writings of Sextus Empiricus, the only Greek skeptic whose works have survived. While content in daily life to go along with things as they appear to be, Sextus advocated-and provided a set of techniques to achieve-a radical suspension of judgment about the way things really are, believing that such nonjudging can be useful for challenging the unfounded dogmatism of others and may help one achieve a state of calm and tranquility. In an introduction, Richard Bett makes the case that the most important lesson we can draw from Sextus's brand of skepticism today may be an ability to see what can be said on the other side of any issue, leading to a greater open-mindedness. Complete with the original Greek on facing pages, How to Keep an Open Mind offers a compelling antidote to the closed-minded dogmatism of today's polarized world.
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              ISBN 9780691206042
              Released NZ 15 Jul 2021
              Publisher Princeton University Pre
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              How to Think about War: An Ancient Guide to Foreign Policy

              How to Think about War: An Ancient Guide to Foreign Policy (Hardback)

              By Thucydides; Introduction by Hanink, Johanna

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              An accessible modern translation of essential speeches from Thucydides's History that takes readers to the heart of his profound insights on diplomacy, foreign policy, and war Why do nations go to war? What are citizens willing to die for? What justifies foreign invasion? And doe...s might always make right? For nearly 2,500 years, students, politicians, political thinkers, and military leaders have read the eloquent and shrewd speeches in Thucydides's History of the Peloponnesian War for profound insights into military conflict, diplomacy, and the behavior of people and countries in times of crisis. How to Think about War presents the most influential and compelling of these speeches in an elegant new translation by classicist Johanna Hanink, accompanied by an enlightening introduction, informative headnotes, and the original Greek on facing pages. The result is an ideally accessible introduction to Thucydides's long and challenging History. Thucydides intended his account of the clash between classical Greece's mightiest powers-Athens and Sparta-to be a possession for all time. Today, it remains a foundational work for the study not only of ancient history but also contemporary politics and international relations. How to Think about War features speeches that have earned the History its celebrated status-all of those delivered before the Athenian Assembly, as well as Pericles's funeral oration and the notoriously ruthless Melian Dialogue. Organized by key debates, these speeches reveal the complexity and elegance-but also the recklessness, cruelty, and Realpolitik-of Athenian warfighting and imperialism. The first English-language collection of speeches from Thucydides in nearly half a century, How to Think about War takes readers straight to the heart of this timeless thinker.
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              ISBN 9780691190150
              Released NZ 15 Jan 2019
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              How to Be Free: An Ancient Guide to the Stoic Life

              How to Be Free: An Ancient Guide to the Stoic Life (Hardback)

              By Epictetus; Introduction by Long, Anthony

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              A superb new edition of Epictetus's famed handbook on Stoicism-translated by one of the world's leading authorities on Stoic philosophy Born a slave, the Roman Stoic philosopher Epictetus (c. 55-135 AD) taught that mental freedom is supreme, since it can liberate one anywhere, ev...en in a prison. In How to Be Free, A. A. Long-one of the world's le
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              ISBN 9780691177717
              Released NZ 15 Sep 2018
              Publisher Princeton University Pre
              Interest Age 16+ years
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              How to Drink: A Classical Guide to the Art of Imbibing

              How to Drink: A Classical Guide to the Art of Imbibing (Hardback)

              By Obsopoeus, Vincent; Edited by Fontaine, Michael

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              A spirited new translation of a forgotten classic, shot through with timeless wisdom Is there an art to drinking alcohol? Can drinking ever be a virtue? The Renaissance humanist and neoclassical poet Vincent Obsopoeus (ca. 1498-1539) thought so. In the winelands of sixteenth-cent...ury Germany, he witnessed the birth of a poisonous new culture of bingeing, hazing, peer pressure, and competitive drinking. Alarmed, and inspired by the Roman poet Ovid's Art of Love, he wrote The Art of Drinking (De Arte Bibendi) (1536), a how-to manual for drinking with pleasure and discrimination. In How to Drink, Michael Fontaine offers the first proper English translation of Obsopoeus's text, rendering his poetry into spirited, contemporary prose and uncorking a forgotten classic that will appeal to drinkers of all kinds and (legal) ages. Arguing that moderation, not abstinence, is the key to lasting sobriety, and that drinking can be a virtue if it is done with rules and limits, Obsopoeus teaches us how to manage our drinking, how to win friends at social gatherings, and how to give a proper toast. But he also says that drinking to excess on occasion is okay-and he even tells us how to win drinking games, citing extensive personal experience. Complete with the original Latin on facing pages, this sparkling work is as intoxicating today as when it was first published.
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              ISBN 9780691192147
              Released NZ 15 Mar 2020
              Publisher Princeton University Pre
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              How to Keep Your Cool: An Ancient Guide to Anger Management

              How to Keep Your Cool: An Ancient Guide to Anger Management (Hardback)

              By Seneca; Introduction by Romm, James S.

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              Timeless wisdom on controlling anger in personal life and politics from the Roman Stoic philosopher and statesman Seneca In his essay On Anger (De Ira), the Roman Stoic thinker Seneca (c. 4 BC-65 AD) argues that anger is the most destructive passion: No plague has cost the human ...race more dear. This was proved by his own life, a life he barely preserved under one wrathful emperor, Caligula, and lost under a second, Nero. This splendid new translation of essential selections from On Anger, presented with an enlightening introduction and the original Latin on facing pages, offers readers a timeless guide to avoiding and managing anger. It vividly illustrates why the emotion is so dangerous and why controlling it would bring vast benefits to individuals and society. Drawing on his great arsenal of rhetoric, including historical examples (especially from Caligula's horrific reign), anecdotes, quips, and soaring flights of eloquence, Seneca builds his case against anger with mounting intensity. Like a fire-and-brimstone preacher, he paints a grim picture of the moral perils to which anger exposes us, tracing nearly all the world's evils to this one toxic source. But he then uplifts us with a beatific vision of the alternate path, a path of forgiveness and compassion that resonates with Christian and Buddhist ethics. Seneca's thoughts on anger have never been more relevant than today, when uncivil discourse has increasingly infected public debate. Whether seeking personal growth or political renewal, readers will find, in Seneca's wisdom, a valuable antidote to the ills of an angry age.
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              ISBN 9780691181950
              Released NZ 15 Feb 2019
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              How to Be a Friend: An Ancient Guide to True Friendship

              How to Be a Friend: An Ancient Guide to True Friendship (Hardback)

              By Cicero, Marcus Tullius; Introduction by Freeman, Philip

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              Ancient wisdom for modern readers --Page facing title page.

              ISBN 9780691177199
              Released NZ 15 Sep 2018
              Publisher Princeton University Pre
              Interest Age 16+ years
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              How to Be a Leader: An Ancient Guide to Wise Leadership

              How to Be a Leader: An Ancient Guide to Wise Leadership (Hardback)

              By Plutarch; Edited by Beneker, Jeffrey

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              Classicist Beneker translates three political essays written by the philosopher, statesman, and moralist Plutarch of Chaeronia. These essays are timeless reflections on the proper way to lead and serve, publicly, at least with respect to the European and American political tradit...ions.
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              ISBN 9780691192116
              Released NZ 15 Oct 2019
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