Greek Life and Thought from the Death of Alexander to the Roman Conquest

Greek Life and Thought from the Death of Alexander to the Roman Conquest

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Greek Life and Thought from the Death of Alexander to the Roman Conquest

Greek Life and Thought from the Death 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 midway in Greek History. By a sort of tacit consent the battle of Chaeronea 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 Rhodes 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 it is but seldom taken up--with the exception of Theocritus--by those who preserve the habits and prejudices of school in their college life. A man may consider himself, and be considered by the classical English public, an adequate and even distinguished Greek . . .

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