Oh, for the days of Socrates!

Reading a musty book about ancient Greece found in a second hand bookshop - a book written by Edith Hamilton way back in 1930. When she comes to discuss the life of the mind in ancient Greece she says the following:

Never, not in the brightest days of the Renaissance, has learning appeared in such a radiant light as it did to the gay young men of imperial Athens...

Socrates has but to enter a gymnasium: exercise, games, are forgotten. A crowd of ardent young men surround him. Tell us this. Teach us that, they clamour. What is Friendship? What is Justice? We will not let you off, Socrates. The truth - we want the truth. "What delight," they say to each other, "To hear wise men tak!" "Egypt and Phoenicia love money," Plato remarks in a discussion on how nations differ. "The special characteristic of our part of the world is the love of knowledge."

Oh, how times have changed!

About Fullspate: - Fullspate is actually one man with a PhD and a laptop who grew tired of the bland contents of EFL coursebooks, decided to write slightly more engaging stuff for his English students, and then thought it might be nice to share them online. Then subsequently packed it in.





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