Philip Womack

Eulogy to Euergetism

Vote for Caesar: How the Ancient Greeks and Romans Solved the Problems of Today

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Peter Jones has done much to publicise and popularise the Classics – his easy-going introductions to Latin and Greek and his selection of passages from Ovid spring to mind, all of which have been marked by clarity, rigour and accessibility. Here he turns his attention to ‘the issues of today’: immigration, bent politicians, religion, the Olympic Games and so on. Anything that we can come up with, the ancients have already dealt with in a much more successful manner, seems to be Jones’s thesis. I am not sure how valid an exercise it is to try to solve complex political and social issues by reference to the Greeks and Romans. Leaving aside Louis MacNeice’s view (‘It was all so unimaginably different / And all so long ago’), there are just too many factors to consider. 

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