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ANCH026_Lecture01 - ANCH 026 ANCIENT GREECE WHY STUDY THE...

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ANCH 026 ANCIENT GREECE
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WHY STUDY THE GREEKS?
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Production of Euripides’ Iphigeneia at Tauris by Penn Classics Students, 1903
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KNOW THYSELF! GNOTHI SEAUTON
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“The safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato.” Alfred North Whitehead
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PRESENCE OF THE PAST Athenian tetradachm, (480-420 BCE) Greek 1 Euro coin (2002 CE)
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(RE-)INVENTION OF “TRADITIONS”
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A Temple?
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A religious festival?
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THE GREEKS AND “US” “In the Greeks we have before us a nation in whose fortunate hands everything, which, according to our deepest feelings, sustains the noblest and richest aspects of human existence, matured to the utmost perfection (…) To know them is for us not just pleasant, advantageous and indispensable; only in them do we find the ideal of that which we ourselves should like to be and to produce.” Wilhelm von Humboldt (1807)
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YOU ONLY SEE WHAT YOU ‘RE LOOKING FOR “the one way for us to become great, perhaps inimitable, is by imitating the ancients.”
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