The Oldest Dead White European Males & Other Reflections on the Classics

The Oldest Dead White European Males Other Reflections on the Classics A reexamination of the importance of the classics reminds readers of the contributions those early thinkers made to present day society including philosophy theater rhetoric oratory biology zool

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  • Title: The Oldest Dead White European Males & Other Reflections on the Classics
  • Author: Bernard Knox
  • ISBN: 9780393312331
  • Page: 306
  • Format: Paperback
  • A reexamination of the importance of the classics reminds readers of the contributions those early thinkers made to present day society, including philosophy, theater, rhetoric, oratory, biology, zoology and other arts and sciences.

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    1. Much as I love Knox, this is actually inessential. A little defensive in parts and doesn't say anything you didn't already know. Why should we read the classics? Because they have awesome fight scenes, shut up.

    2. What an interesting short collection of lively lectures on the contemporary worth of the Classics. Well worth a read for anyone with even a passing interest in the subject.

    3. A brilliant collection of essays, particularly the last. I'd read two of Knox's other papers for uni, one on Medea and one on Ajax, and loved them also. He is just too cool for school.

    4. Why have I devoted so much time to the study of classical antiquity? Indeed, in a similar vein, why have I spent so much time--and money, considering the degrees I've paid for--on studying Near Eastern religions?Knox addresses these questions, the kinds of questions his students may have approached him about, with his own answers. My hypothetical answers here are more personal and certainly less thought out.My interest in studying in general arose from the usual sense kids have of wanting to gro [...]

    5. This is a marvelous book by a world class Greek scholar. It is a sane, eloquent, and compelling argument in favor of classics (Greek studies in particular). Knox writes in a lucid style and puts the whole history of Greek scholarship in context, reminding readers that Greek was not offered at Oxford until 1516, where it was greeted with suspicion by those who felt it threatened Latin-based scholastic studies.He addresses effectively those who have attacked the "canon" of DWEMs. "The primacy of t [...]

    6. Bernard Knox was an interesting man. Reformed Marxist, "premature anti-fascist" who fought in Spain and France before teh entry of the USA into the war. etc. These 3 lectures given between 1981 and 1992 are witty, erudite and make a good case for the value of the classics.

    7. A nifty little book on the Classics, reminding me somewhat of the apologia offered by Hanson et al. Worth consideration by anyone who values the classics, I'd say. Borrowed from the Providence Athenaeum.

    8. Admittedly, I know very little about the ancient greeks. It was nice to get to know them from a reasonable perspective. I kind of wish Knox had panned them more, but his appreciation is genuine, and he makes some excellent points regarding their legacy, if not their relevance. Overall I found it an enjoyable read. Enough substance to make me think, but not so much as to overload me with information. I think I’ll check out Knox’s other works. He’s got a great style, and seems a decent guy.

    9. v simple slight book read as salve for post-quarter exhaustion. but still disappointing! which is why i went out of my three-stars-for-all rule to give this ~two stars~. i had a very pleasant time i think a couple years ago reading through a lot of knox's essays/reviews about classics-related stuff in the nyrb, but it seems he may be better when he has a specific work to write from rather than this general defense of the classics/humanities bather, which is SUCH a pitfall. i suppose i also thoug [...]

    10. I don't know why I was expecting a more nuanced argument; Bernard Knox is, after all, an old white male. You know what I was hoping for? Concession that the reverence in which these old white males are held are partly due to their old white maleness. I was hoping for at least a brief summation of WHY "militant" feminists (and people of colour, queers… hell, every minority demographic) may have issue with the canon of Western Civilization and then be convinced (maybe) that despite these issues, [...]

    11. The phrase "dead white males" criticizes the emphasis on high culture in Western civilization in academia (especially those in the United States). Critics of the traditional curriculum argued that it enshrined a world view that valued older European history and ideology, for example, over non-European achievements. Users of the term also argued that the traditional curriculum was praising one's own culture; proponents of this type of curriculum, however, argued that "one's own culture" is the lo [...]

    12. Super interesting book. I especially liked the essay that discussed the humanities in education, which made several brilliant points about why exactly the humanities were started in the first place (basically, democracy) and why they are still important today. It spoke to me on a personal level, having acquired a humanities education in an increasingly tech-focused society, and I don't mind saying that it made me feel better about my choice.The real jewel in this book is the final essay, "The Co [...]

    13. I confess I only read one of the three essays included in this book, but the one I did read was very good. It's important that we acknowledge the base that the classics gave Western culture, but equally important to remember that not all of that base was necessarily sound.

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