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Who Killed Homer?

The Demise of Classical Education and the Recovery of Greek Wisdom

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Trade Paperback / 323 pages
ISBN: 1893554260
AVAILABLE: 4/01/2001

Who Killed Homer?
The Demise of Classical Education and the Recovery of Greek Wisdom

At least since the Renaissance, familiarity with the literature, art, philosophy, and moral values of the Classical World has been synonymous with education itself. But today, Classical education is under assault and rapidly disappearing from American high schools and colleges. We are in danger of becoming illiterate about the ideas that created—and still have the capacity to sustain—Western Civilization.

In Who Killed Homer? acclaimed classicists Victor Davis Hanson and John Heath explain what has been killed, who did it, and why. They rescue the Greeks from the assault of postmodernist scholars who disparage the thought and art of these “dead white European males.” With informative readings of the great Greek texts, the authors show how we might still revive the glory that was Greece.

Who Killed Homer? is a must read for those who agree that knowledge of the classics initiates us into the beauty and peril of human experience.

About the Authors

Victor Davis Hanson is a senior fellow in Classics and Military History at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and the author of 17 books on ancient, military, and social history.

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John Heath received his BA from Pomona College, his MA and PhD from Stanford University. In 1989 he was given an American Philological Association Excellence in Teaching Award.

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