Solon & Croesus: And Other Greek Essays

Solon & Croesus: And Other Greek Essays

Solon & Croesus: And Other Greek Essays

Solon & Croesus: And Other Greek Essays

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The Greeks are our masters in civilization. It is to them that mankind, or at least the Western world, has been accustomed to turn for guidance at the opening of each new phase in its history. Individuals in all ages have found in them confirmation of their love of wisdom or of beauty or of excellence in some other of its many forms. But side by side with these individual Hellenists, whose spirits encounter one another across the ages, every particular conjuncture of the world's affairs discloses for those who live in communion with the Greeks some element in that heritage which is specially relevant to their own difficulties.

The ten years that have elapsed since the close of the Great War have shown us very clearly what we most need from the Greeks to-day. It is their sense of the responsibilities of thought.

Imagine, not Socrates or Plato, but an average member of the audience that judged the plays of the great dramatists, returned to life and studying the structure and conditions of the modern world! What would be the first thing that would strike him? Surely the complete trans-

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