Symbol and Myth in Ancient Poetry

Symbol and Myth in Ancient Poetry

Symbol and Myth in Ancient Poetry

Symbol and Myth in Ancient Poetry

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IT HAS OFTEN BEEN WONDERED WHAT IMPRESSION THE modern world would make upon the ancient Greek or Roman, if, by some miracle of time, he were suddenly brought back from the past. According to one version of the story, Thucydides would become a news reporter, and Herodotus would join a conservative historical association; Plato would feel quite at home in the company of modern philosophers, but he would be quite chagrined that philosophy had advanced so little since his own clay; Aristotle, Hippocrates, and Ptolemy would be quite mystified by the unbelievable progress of science and medicine, but Pericles, Alexander, and Caesar would see little change in the world of power politics, and Cicero would be willing to stay and settle for a modest Cabinet post. One group has been left out of the story, and I think they are the ones who would feel most at home in the modern world: the ancient poets and artists.

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