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posted by August 27 at 13:17 PMon
A recent source of concern has been my failure to make emotional and mental sense of the recent fires destroying great chunks of modern Greece.
My confusion is caused by the fact that my knowledge of that part of world ends in 338 BC, the year Athens falls to the military power of Alexander’s father, Philip. For those of us whose heads have been filled with the history of ancient Greece (between 900 BC and 300 BC), this new catastrophe is so strange. Has it anything to do with the events leading up to Peloponnesian War? The consequences of Socrates’ trial? The power of the Athenian navy? The glory of Persian archery? Aeschylus’ odd death? The importance of Solon’s reforms? If not, then what is it about? The fact that I cannot make the connections means I was taught a bad form of history. Why? Because a history that fails to make sense of the present is a useless form of history.