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Classics

Why It Matters

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Classics by Neville Morley
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For generations, the study of Greek and Latin was used to train the elites of the western world. Knowledge of classical culture, it was believed, produced more cultivated, creative individuals; Greece and Rome were seen as pinnacles of civilization, and the origins of western superiority over the rest of the world. Few today are willing to defend this elitist, sometimes racist, vision of the importance of classics, and it is no longer considered essential education for politicians and professionals. Shouldn't classics then be obsolete? Far from it. As Neville Morley shows, the ancients are as influential today as they ever have been, and we ignore them at our peril. Not only do they have much to teach us about the past, but they can offer important lessons for the complex cultural, social and political worlds of the present. Introducing Polity's Why It Matters series: In these short and lively books, world-leading thinkers make the case for the importance of their subjects and aim to inspire a new generation of students.

Author Biography

Neville Morley is Professor of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Exeter. He is the author of nine scholarly and student books.
Release date NZ
March 28th, 2018
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Polity Press
Pages
140
Dimensions
125x190x15
ISBN-13
9781509517930
Product ID
27214248

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