The past is not a foreign country
Posted: 10 Oct 2014 @ 00:07
We read ancient books because they remind us of who we are,
argues Salley Vickers
WHEN we read about the past - The Iliad, for
example, as I've lately been doing - what do we hope to learn?
Not merely a knowledge of the military procedures of
pre-Hellenic Greece, surely - although you certainly learn a good
deal about archaic armour, battle strategy, ships, and the ancient
arts of hospitality, in the process of reading. But we also learn a
good deal of human psychology.
Some of that discovery might be novel. For example, Homer's
heroes - ...
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