Let us imagine, for a moment, that you and I are looking at a map of Olympia. Let us also imagine for a moment that, as we look at this map, we happily recall its most important people, places, and events of the last 6,000 years. As protracted and painful as it was, the Trojan War was not, in itself, one of those most important events. The Myceneans destroyed
We rightly recall this war because Homer wrote about it in his Iliad and Odyssey around 750 BC. Homer’s two books express such density of meaning that they have inspired meaningful literature, painting, and sculpture ever since.
One great privilege we enjoy
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