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This column is intended for the happy fewer and fewer who see nothing obsolete in Greece and Rome

Caring about the ancients

If ancient history is nothing more than ancient history to you, I suggest the beach or the box. This column is intended for the happy fewer and fewer who, like my old friends Simon Raven and Peter Green, my dearest friend, the late irreplaceable Kenneth McLeish, and my ferociously engag?e correspondent Pamela Jane Shaw, see nothing obsolete in Greece and Rome.

Recently, I was reviewing the new (shrewdly abridged) edition of Jacob Burckhardt’s The Greeks & Greek Civilisation. Until the scissors had to go in, for fear of boring the barbarians-I was elaborating a challenge to…

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