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14 June 2006



On your recommendation, I've just spent the last couple of hours reading Thornton's brilliant piece on 'critical consciousness' and the ancient Greeks and begun to trawl through other articles on VDH's site. What a treasure trove! Once this damned World Cup is over – I am unfortunately obsessed by football/soccer – I can get down to some serious reading. Thanks for your sharing your impeccable taste, Stavros.


Demo, Don't worry it's not going anywhere, enjoy your "football". Now I can retire for the night with a sense of having accomplished something today. Kalo diavasma.


Stavros, fine post. Bruce Thornton and Victor Davis Hanson have been some of my favourite history writers for several years. Although they write today they hark back to another era where political correctness and guilt politics had not darkened academia. If you ever have a chance, try and find Werner Jaeger's books, "Greek Paideia: Books I, II and III" and the "Early Christianity and Greek Paideia". The latter shows the link between Hellenism and Christianity. They are hard reads but worth it. Marrou's books are also excellent on this subject. I think it can be downloaded from Ellopos.

athanasios dimitriou

i have in my possession old greek
text, old comments, relative letters of unknown englishman author.
the old greek text is not maintained well. letters in english
are better maintained. comments on
the greek text are badly restored.
thegr.text is really EXTREMELY
if you're interested pls let me



Thank you for your kind offer. Unfortunately, I am merely a blogger and lack the scholarly credentials that a significant find of this type requires. I recommend you contact a University or museum to help you bring these items to the light of day. Perhaps an MGO reader might help with a suggestion or point of contact.

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