Saturday, August 28, 2010


Bernard Knox

Thanks very much to the anonymous benefactor who sent me a copy of Bernard Knox, The Oldest Dead White European Males and Other Reflections on the Classics (New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1994). I read it from cover to cover with immense enjoyment.

Knox died last month. See Wolfgang Saxon, "Bernard Knox, 95, Classics Scholar, Dies," New York Times (August 16, 2010), especially the final paragraph:
"There is a sort of general feeling among radicals that the whole of the Western tradition — and the Greeks are the heart of that tradition — is something that has to be repudiated," he told The Washington Post in 1992. "I feel appalled. God knows what the world would be like if we were all brought up on the stuff they'd like us to read."
Hat tip for the New York Times article: Dave Lull.

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