Thursday, March 21, 2013


Christian and Pagan Antiquity

Mark Pattison, Isaac Casaubon: 1559-1614, 2nd ed. (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1892), p. 316:
The true approach to christian antiquity is through pagan antiquity. The continuity of history is complete. There is no break. As the christian empire is the pagan empire under a new name, so christian literature is the outcome of the greek classical literature. It is not only built up with the old materials, like the forts which the Turks constructed with the sculptured blocks of the greek temples, it issues from the greek sources of thought.

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