Classical Considerations: Useful Wisdom from Greece and Rome

Classical Considerations: Useful Wisdom from Greece and Rome

Classical Considerations: Useful Wisdom from Greece and Rome

Classical Considerations: Useful Wisdom from Greece and Rome

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The city is the teacher of its people.
– Simonides of Ceos

In the early period of classical Athens, the poet Simonides of Ceos knew that wisdom comes from sharing ideas with each other and from those who have gone before. The city is the teacher of its people because it is the primary place where ideas are shared and transmitted.

This book is such a sharing. Contributors to Classical Considerations show how the words of the ancients have connected with their contemporary understandings of the world. The full impact of the legacy from ancient Greece and Rome is felt at a personal level only when we apply the old words to the meanings of our lives. These quotations may thus be seen as comparable with the biblical parables that call us to make them our own. They invite response.

The essayists here are a richly diverse group. They include not only professors and teachers, but also a psychiatrist, reporters, students, a judge, Vietnam veterans, a publisher, a minister, a football coach, and writers on an array of topics.

The ancients are both like us and not like us. Their wisdom is available to us but we are also enlightened by contemporary reflections. The insight we gain from reading Homer can be enhanced by reading the morning newspaper and vice versa. Each informs and gives perspective to the other. Consider an analogy: we can see perfectly well with one eye, but with two eyes, we gain additional peripheral vision and depth perception.

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