The Devil Knows Latin: Why America Needs the Classical Tradition

The Devil Knows Latin: Why America Needs the Classical Tradition

The Devil Knows Latin: Why America Needs the Classical Tradition

The Devil Knows Latin: Why America Needs the Classical Tradition

Synopsis

In an examination of contemporary American culture--from literature to popular music--concerned with the restoration of Classical traditions, this work is comprised of a series of essays concerned with the still healthy vitality of America's Classical and Christian traditions, the errors of the current powers that be, and the way to cultural and political restoration.

Excerpt

Innovation and constant change are the distinctive traits of modern life. They often seem the one certainty in this age. 150 years ago a young man with a doctorate in Classical Philology from the University of Jena (1841) said nearly the same thing about his own age: "Constant revolutionizing of production, uninterrupted disturbance of all social conditions, everlasting uncertainty and agitation distinguish this epoch from all earlier ones. All fixed, fast-frozen relations, with their train of ancient and venerable prejudices and opinions, are swept away, all new-formed ones become antiquated before they can ossify."

So wrote Karl Marx in 1848, the year he penned the Communist Manifesto. As he knew from his classical studies, he was not the first person to feel this way. The confused middle-class hero of Aristophanes' Clouds (423 B.C.), confronting the world . . .

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