Monday, May 10, 2004

Victor Davis Hanson reviews an art show about childhood in ancient Greece in the New Criterion. It's nice to see someone who thinks we can learn from the ancients. However, Hanson, a classical scholar and political conservative, sometimes loses sight of what is important about the ancient world or what about the ancient world should matter to us -- namely philosophy.

One might say that the greatest ancient Greek "conservative" was Aristophanes. But Aristophanes was obsessed with Socrates in a way that Hanson isn't, and he didn't take Socrates to be a part of Greek "culture" (whatever that is).


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