The Oldest Dead White European Males: And Other Reflections On The Classics
Publish Date: 1994-09-17
Author: Bernard M. W. Knox
No one carries his learning more gracefully than Knox. That is because he does not, like so many scholars, seal it off from the rest of life. Ancient and current wisdom communicate through him. Garry Wills
Should the ancient Greeks the oldest dead white European males be kept alive in our collective memory? Why study them at all if, by passing their destructive ideas to the Romans and eventually to the rest of Europe, they may ultimately be responsible for much of whats wrong with American society? In this supremely lucid and elegant book (The New Yorker), Bernard Knox poses and answers such fundamental questions, helping us to remember the astonishing originality of the ancient Greeks and all that we have learnedand continue to learnfrom them.