Greek Life and Thought: From the Age of Alexander to the Roman Conquest

Greek Life and Thought: From the Age of Alexander to the Roman Conquest

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Greek Life and Thought: From the Age of Alexander to the Roman Conquest

Greek Life and Thought: From the Age of Alexander to the Roman Conquest

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Any one who comes to study the Hellenic Renaissance in England, which has assumed such force and such extension in our own day, cannot but be surprised at the abrupt way in which all its studies stop about halfway on in Greek History. By a sort of tacit consent the battle of Chæronea is considered the minor limit of all that was good and perfect in Greek thought and life. The conquests of Alexander, the high culture of Seleucia and Alexandria, the profound thinking of the later schools, the deep learning, the splendid art, the multiform politics of Hellenism-- all this is shut out from the schoolboy, as forming no part of the Greek he is to know, and none of it is ever again taken up--with the exception of Theocritus-- by the superannuated schoolboy who holds fellowships and masterships at English Colleges, and regards himself as a perfectly trained Greek scholar. A man may consider himself, and be considered by the classical English public, an adequate and even . . .

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