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p. 233. Being Therelocked

  • Mary Beard
  •  and John Henderson


‘Being There’ experience Classics in the light of what previous generations have said, thought, and written about the ancient world. But the differences lie, even more strikingly, in the different questions, priorities, and assumptions that we bring to ancient texts and culture. If Classics exists in the ‘gap’ between our world and the ancient world, then Classics is defined by our experience, interests, and debates as well as by theirs. The visit to Bassae provides a parable for understanding how varied and complex that modern contribution can be.

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