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A rhetorical question

Our universities suffer from a lack of attention to an ancient art

By Hilary Rubinstein   November 2002

Earlier this year, I took a cruise around some of the Hellenic ruins on the Aegean coast of Turkey. An Oxford lecturer on classical history accompanied us. I had a marvellous holiday, only slightly marred by the fact that the tour lecturer, a young man who doubtless knew a lot about the religions of the ancient world, lacked lecturing skills. Both in content and in delivery, he failed to engage his audience.

This defect was borne home to me the more forcefully because one of our fellow cruisers, a retired professor of philosophy at Trinity College, Dublin, volunteered to give…

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