...author of Happiness: A History
"In the 1990s, Darrin M. McMahon was teaching a "Great Books" course
at Columbia University ("from Plato to NATO," he calls it), and one
subject - happiness - 'was leaping off the page in all these major
texts'. . . .
"Times: Why did the ancient Greeks believe that you had to be dead if
you wanted to call yourself happy?"