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Why It Matters

Neville Morley



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Polity Press
28 March 2018
Series: Why It Matters
For generations, the study of Greek and Latin was used to train the elites of the western world. Knowledge of classical culture, it was believed, produced more cultivated, creative individuals; Greece and Rome were seen as pinnacles of civilization, and the origins of western superiority over the rest of the world.

Few today are willing to defend this elitist, sometimes racist, vision of the importance of classics, and it is no longer considered essential education for politicians and professionals. Shouldn't classics then be obsolete?

Far from it. As Neville Morley shows, the ancients are as influential today as they ever have been, and we ignore them at our peril. Not only do they have much to teach us about the past, but they can offer important lessons for the complex cultural, social and political worlds of the present.

Introducing Polity's Why It Matters series: In these short and lively books, world-leading thinkers make the case for the importance of their subjects and aim to inspire a new generation of students.
By:   Neville Morley
Imprint:   Polity Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 192mm,  Width: 126mm,  Spine: 12mm
Weight:   164g
ISBN:   9781509517930
ISBN 10:   1509517936
Series:   Why It Matters
Pages:   140
Publication Date:   28 March 2018
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Neville Morley is Professor of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Exeter. He is the author of nine scholarly and student books.

Reviews for Classics: Why It Matters

1. What s Wrong with Classics 2. Charting the Past 3. Understanding the Present 4. Anticipating the Future? Afterword References and Further Reading Index

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