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Thursday, May 05, 2011


Manuel G. Daugherty Razetto

Nothing is as startling or arduous to make up as the unforseen ascent of culture in Greece. As we totally depend from history to understand who we truly are it is indispensable to be choosy with our sources; moreover, historians -who interpret them- need to be thoroughly scrutinized, since to be a great historian is possibly the most singular of cognitive honours.

Thucydides is a fine choice; he described with reason and imagination and, unlike Herodotus, avoided contriving.

Manuel G. Daugherty Razetto

Dr Yulo cites Donald Kagan, who delights telling us how Athenians were not what we think of them; I believe it should be mentioned that Spartans have been misrepresented depending on who wrote what about them. Aristotle is vastly clear exposing the Laconians/Lacones and their shortcomings. I'll only mention their constitution as is exhaustively critized by the Stagirite; as well as how they were the only impediment to any possible unification of all Greece.

If Aristotle unmasks Sparta it was Plutarch who created the so called myth about the Spartans that trascended through centuries. He exalted them shamelessly.

Manuel G. Daugherty Razetto

One would also like to pose that the existance of Democracy can well be connected to the unforgettable years during which Pericles epitomized the best that the Hellenistic glory has given us; however it is a thorny task trying to unravel the curious concept Greeks had about Democracy; during Pericles it shone as a high virtue but in a parallel way slaves were thought quite acceptable and women relegated to a second tier.

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