Monday, January 10, 2022


Insidious Influences

John Scheid, An Introduction to Roman Religion, tr. Janet Lloyd (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2003), p. 17:
But none of us can escape our prejudices and the assumptions drawn from our own society and history. Even if we were to bury ourselves in antiquity and read only the ancient sources, we would still hardly be able to guard against those insidious influences. A better tactic is to remain conscious of the weight brought to bear by the recent past and the implicit cultural attitudes which threaten to distort our judgement, and then to act accordingly, with those influences in mind.

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