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A Student's Guide to Classics (Isi Guides to the Major Disciplines) Paperback – November 1, 2003
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Some of the most stirring moments come from Thornton's footnotes on the life and times of great creators. "Catullus was part of a social and artistic movement that rejected ideas of Roman culture for the values of Hellenistic Greek civilization, which focused on the individual and his sensibility, his experiences rather than his duty to the State." One can hear echoes in our own age when calls for patriotism challenge civil rights as well as our problems with excess individualism. The severe austerity of lugubrious ancient Israel clashing with inquisitive, luxurious, decadent Greco-Rome - resonant still in the West's spilt personally - takes place in these same pages. Lessons for academia and popular culture are frequent: "Thucydides' concern for accuracy, his insights into human nature and political psychology, his realist acceptance of the tragic nature of human affairs, his refusal to admit supernatural causes... all set the standard for historical writing as a sincere, painstaking effort to get at the truth of things.Read more ›