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Classics - but with their transcendence torn out

The current fascination with Greece and Rome misses out their essential concern with the divine, says Mark Vernon

A DEBATE between Boris Johnson and Mary Beard at the Methodist Central Hall, Westminster, last December, on the virtues of Greece and Rome, drew an audience of thousands. Greek philosophy and classical history routinely secure primetime slots on TV and radio. Books on similar themes abound. The classics hold a surprising fascination for we 21st-century moderns.

And yet contemporary presentations of the ancient legacy commonly miss an element that was fundamental to figures such as ...

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