Thursday, April 20, 2023


Closer Than We Realize

Oswyn Murray, Introduction to Paul Veyne, Bread and Circuses: Historical Sociology and Political Pluralism, tr. Brian Pearce (London: Penguin Books, 1992), p. ix:
So history is dangerous for your health, both too much of it and too little. But ancient history is a long way away (more than 2,000 years ago), and surely safer. Not so; as my scientist son once remarked to me, it is only a hundred generations since Homer: the origins of our civilization are closer to us than we realize.

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